How Brains Seem to Work by Dale Purves

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Why the conventional explanations of how brains work is wrong--and a far more promising direction for research.


The conventional conception of how brains work has not been substantiated despite an effort that now spans 50 years. When a path in science is pursued for this long without the emergence of a deeper understanding of the issue being addressed, doubts are usually warranted.


About Dale Purves

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Dale Purves is Professor of Neurobiology, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Philosophy at Duke University. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of an internship and assistant residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Purves was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and subsequently in the Department of Biophysics at University College London. He joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1973 where he was Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and came to Duke in 1990 as the founding chair of the Department of Neurobiology in the School of Medicine. From 2003 to 2009 he was Director of Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and is now Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.
Published April 30, 2010 by FT Press. 17 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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