12/22/2014, Are we living in the age of the brain?

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/blogs/philip-ball/are-we-living-in-the-age-of-the-brain

None of this would be disputed by neuroscientists. But it perhaps highlights the distinctions between an understanding of the brain and an understanding of the mind. The implication seems to be that it is hard to develop one while you’re working on the other…

This isn’t just a matter of giving the brain something to do. Some cognitive scientists, such as Antonio Damasio at the University of Southern California and Anil Seth at the University of Sussex, argue that consciousness and brain activity have an explicitly “somatic,” embodied element. They think that emotions are not so much states of the brain as mental representations—indeed, interpretations—of the physiological states of the body. That is reflected in the everyday language of “gut instincts” or “thinking with the heart.”

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