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Programs of the Brain 1975–1977

John Zachary Young

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Based on the Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Aberdeen, 1975–1977.
By exploring a variety of (recent) discoveries about the brain, Young provides the reader with a broad account of its operations. The investigation aims to develop a better understanding of human life by looking for ‘the basis of its standards’. An examination of the various functions of brain activity reveals the factors that contribute toward our human actions and interactions. Our human way of life is, by-and-large, social. An investigation of the functions of the brain can improve our understandings of our selves in relation to others, and thereby our human interactions. Young shows how ‘various parts of the brain work together to produce a unified operating system, centred on the model or hypothesis that the most important acts of human life are responses to other people’ (p. v).
Jon Cameron
University of Aberdeen
KEY WORDS: Action, Free will, Evolution of the brain, Thought, Knowledge, Consciousness

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OnlineOxford University Press1978
OriginalOxford University Press1978
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