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by Chris Frith

eBook Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World download ISBN: 1405136944
Author: Chris Frith
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (May 29, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 248
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Making up the Mind is an excellent 'big picture' book .

Making up the Mind is an excellent 'big picture' book. Exactly as its subtitle indicates, this book describes how our brains construct an internal model of the world that enables us to successfully interact with others and generally navigate a complex world. Psychology Learning and Training, Autumn 2008). As Frith himself depicts in a sort of framing story, you will easily find yourself talking about these ideas at your next dinner party, as well as use it for serious considerations on the brain or as a.

Making Up the Mind book. What I love most about this book is the clarity and conciseness with which Chris Frith explains how the brain creates our reality

Making Up the Mind book. What I love most about this book is the clarity and conciseness with which Chris Frith explains how the brain creates our reality. He does so mostly in layman's terms yet without being too simplistic or shallow. Fascinating facts combined with a witty and fresh attitude make this book one of the most enjoyable neuropsychology books I've ever read.

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Chris Frith, one of the pioneers in applying brain imaging to study mental processes, has written a brilliant introduction to the biology of mental processes for the general reader. This superb book describes how we recreate in our brains a representation of the external world. Clearly and beautifully written, this book is for all who want to learn about how the brain gives rise to the mental phenomenon of our lives. A must read! Eric R. Kandel, Nobel Laureate.

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One particularly convincing sign of interaction is what we call ‘closing the loop’ (Frith 2007).The social brain: Allowing humans to boldly go where no other species has been.

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Chris Frith's book "The Making Up The Mind" is like this. Its task is nothing less than to explain "how the brain creates our mental world" to a popular but educated audience - and in the space of 193 pages, he actually does it. Along the way, he references dozens of the most important studies on s perception, computation, self-image construction, et. extracting from them their most relevant points, and weaves them into an engaging narrative characterized as much by its clarity as by its genial tone.

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Uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain. Demonstrates that our knowledge of both the mental and physical comes to us through models created by our brain

Uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain. Demonstrates that our knowledge of both the mental and physical comes to us through models created by our brain. Shows how the brain makes communication of ideas from one mind to another possible.

Written by one of the world’s leading neuroscientists,Making Up the Mind is the first accessible account ofexperimental studies showing how the brain creates our mentalworld.Uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments andstudies of patients to explore the relationship between the mindand the brainDemonstrates that our knowledge of both the mental and physicalcomes to us through models created by our brainShows how the brain makes communication of ideas from one mindto another possible
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The endorsements say that Professor Firth is a pioneer in applying brain imaging to the study of mental processing. I think the operative word here is "applying."
Firth does show off his knowledge of brain physiology, rendering drawings of the brain with the sections labeled and even showing slides of nerve cells and connecting fibers. That's all well and good if they become relevant to a hypothesis. I never became clear on their connections.
I get the hypothesis -- that we create models of the world through confabulation. I did like his explanation that only the middle of our retina has color sensitive neurons. Objects perceived in the periphery can only be seen in terms of light and shade. Therefore, when we recollect the image in full color and detail, it is the mind that compensates for the limitations of the data collecting tool, i.e. the eye.
Notice that as interesting and supportive of the hypothesis as this is, there is no need to refer back to sketches of the cortex or slides of nerve cells.
He cites optical illusions as examples of how the brain sees or fails to see what is objectively and quantifiably true. Here too, he does little to tie it back to the brain in order to explain why.
I do appreciate his exposition on Bayesian theory and how it relates to learning, though there was more weight assigned to Bayes' personal life and a picture of his tombstone than in the summation of Bayes theorem. I do know that Bayes was a statistician who assigned weights and values to phenomenon in order to predict and assay certainty. Firth posits that we internally develop models of the world which by dint of their existence are imbued with certainty. When something is perceived that is inconsistent with the internal model, we regard it as new evidence and update our model. The thing is that there are many other scientists who say that there are other cognitive operations that get in the way of this actually happening.
His tendency to dump data for data's sake must be what irritated his antagonist in this book. Yes, this "scientific" book has an antagonist. It's the combination of his trying to prove something personally, poor editing and lack of rigor that makes this book more of a curiosity than the enlightening journey it should have been.
When I first found this book, it took some convincing before I bought it. The book is fairly expensive, and from looking at the chapter sections, the book seems to promise to explain the impossible... and in a very short space.

However, there was one other review, which was very positive. I then learned that the book had been positively reviewed by both V.S. Ramachandran and Oliver Sacks. So I bought it, and I sure am glad I did!

To put it bluntly, this is by far the best book on the brain that I have ever read. Don't get me wrong, I love the books by Sacks, Ramachandran, Pinker, etc and recommend them to people all of the time. But as for overall readability, wittiness (I laughed out loud numerous times), and extremely clear explanations of complicated topics, this book is tops. There were a few things in the book I already knew about, but Firth explained them again in new ways I hadn't considered. I was constantly blown away the awesome amount of information in each chapter.

The book does exactly as the title promises, and explains from basically the ground up, what different parts of the brain do, how they do it, why they do it, and how we know... and how this all comes together to make the mental world that we experience. He addresses all of the common questions and objections that arise during discussing such topics, and even addresses why many scientists give psychologists such a hard time about being "soft scientists", and why this is changing.

So in conclusion, if you know nothing about the brain, or even if you know a lot about the brain, read this book. I am sure that everyone will learn a TON from it, and enjoy it immensely. I guarantee that you wont regret it.

"Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates our Mental World" by Chris Frith, in a nutshell, explores the mechanisms by which the brain perceives the outside world and what its implications are. This review seeks to provide a synopsis of the book--hopefully without spoilers--as well as my personal opinion about the book. All in all, I believe it was a well-written book that made a good attempt at addressing perception from not only a psychological perspective, but a biological and philosophical perspective as well.

Relatively spoiler-free summary

The book is divided into 5 sections: a prologue, three parts, and an epilogue. In the prologue, Frith talks about how neuroscience is interdisciplinary in that the knowledge inferred from it pertains to biology, chemistry, the social sciences, and even the liberal arts. However he also points out, there is an unspoken hierarchy within the sciences (as explained by Randall Munroe of xkcd: [...] making a distinction between 'hard' sciences and 'soft' sciences. Historically, hard sciences such as physics and chemistry are objective and its results quantifiable, soft sciences are subjective, relying on personal accounts rather than quantifiable data. However, quantifiable data pertaining to human perception became possible with the advent of new medical imaging technologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging. From here, he divulges into three main parts of the book.

The first part of the book, titled 'Seeing through the Brain's Illusions,' talks about the different means by which the brain fills in missing parts from the body's relatively crude sensory information. The second part of the book, titled 'How the Brain Does It,' focuses more on internal factors that contribute to perception as well as evolutionary bases of why we perceive things the way we do. The third part of the book, titled 'Culture and the Brain,' talks about how these factors affect interpersonal communication and its impact on society and culture.

Stylistic opinion of the book

George W. Bush once said that "one of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures." When taken out of context, this quote pertains to this book rather well. It is hard enough to tell a person what they perceive, let alone do it in a book. Thus, most if not all of the figures he includes with the text illustrate his points and examples rather eloquently. The most common examples he uses are optical illusions. While they are rather overused, Frith puts them into context by giving them psychological bases explaining why they appear the way they do. Also, as every good scientist does, he cites experimental evidence conducted by others throughout his paper. Where Frith differs from other scientists is that he explains this evidence in detail and in such a way that it's comprehendible, often including figures to illustrate experimental setups--something that would've been nigh impossible to convey to the reader through written words alone.

Another thing that stood out was the abundance of footnotes laced throughout the book. While many of them provide superfluous yet relevant information, others are either random factoids or interjections exhibiting the writer's wit. I personally see this as a double-edged sword. I find Frist's humor both enjoyable and refreshing and made this book even more enjoyable than it already is; however, the footnotes interrupt the flow of reading the book and I found myself mildly frustrated a few times when I discovered a footnote bore no worthwhile information pertaining to what it claimed to annotate.

One final thing that I found unique was the introduction of the Professor of English, a friend of the narrator. The Professor of English was a recurring character that Frith used as a vehicle to deliver a philosophical (or at least an unscientific) viewpoint to challenge Frith's inferences on perception. While extremely effective, I also find it funny how Frith, having a background in psychology (and thus being at the lower end of the scientific food chain), was so quick to introduce a caricature he obviously didn't take 100% seriously.

Materialistic opinion of book

Frith cites his sources for every claim I've seen him make in this book. For some of his examples, particularly the ones involving optical illusions, they aren't necessary; however, they are necessary for some of the other claims he makes--particularly those that don't come off as intuitive to the reader. For example, Frith made a claim about how infants perceive actions as goal-oriented and not movement-oriented and cites a study by Bekkering, H. et al. where an experimenter told infants to imitate their actions. So I can't help but agree with the claims he's made throughout the book because of the rigorous annotations he's made.

Having said this, there is one thing where Frith's inferences aren't as airtight as I would like. One thing I noticed was his claim that fMRI imaging made perception objective because the same areas of the brain show activity between different people with certain stimuli. I don't think this is a failsafe way to infer that one person is thinking what another person is thinking because the functional topology of the cortex is ever-changing. Indeed, in talking about phantom limb syndrome, Frith speaks about the `remapping' of the cerebral cortex following the amputation of a limb, and that functional remapping is a normal process. Since the topological areas of the cortex aren't strictly defined, there is a small yet real chance that the activation of the same brain area in two individuals may lead to two very different sensations. However, the foremost expert in phantom limb syndrome (V.A. Ramachandran) did give this book a positive review, calling it "a fascinating guided tour through the elusive interface between mind and brain written by a pioneer in the field." I guess if he's okay with it, I'm okay with it.

Final thoughts

Frith's book talks about a very complicated topic--human perception--and delivers it in a very concise and accessible manner. As a biomedical engineer-in-training with a heavy concentration in neuroscience, I found this book somewhat light when it came to describing the neural mechanisms of perception; however, I also believe that any further elaboration on the matters may alienate a reader who didn't have my background. Even so, I feel I learned a lot about how humans (and animals) perceive the world and how our brains fill in the blanks that our sensory periphery leaves out. Thus, I feel that anyone, be it someone who has a college-level understanding of neuroscience or a layperson who wants to learn more about human perception, would be able to learn a lot about themselves and their surrounding world.