The Brain and the Inner World: An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Subjective Experience

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Other Press, 2002 - Medical - 342 pages
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The Brain and the Inner World is an eagerly-awaited account of a momentous revolution. Subjective mental states like consciousness, emotion, and dreaming were once confined to the realm of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the human sciences. These topics now assume center stage in leading neuroscientific laboratories around the world. This shift has produced an explosion of new insights into the natural laws that govern our inner life.

By two pioneers in the field, The Brain and the Inner World guides us through the exciting new discoveries, showing how old psychodynamic concepts are being forged into a scientific framework for understanding subjective experience.

It is not that the mind is reduced to neurobiology. Rather, thanks to neurobiology, we are free to believe in the power of the mind. The neurosciences will soon be able to argue with Plato, Descartes, James, Freud, and Lacan about the mysterious connections between emotions, experience, will, reason, and creativity.

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Mark Solms

Mark Solms is a neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst who has done pioneering re-search into brain mechanisms of dreaming. He is co-chair of the International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Society.

Oliver Turnbull

Oliver Turnbull is a Cambridge-trained neuropsychologist. He has published widely in neuroscientific journals, primarily on topics of visuo-spatial perception. He is Secretary of the International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Society.

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