Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

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W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
July 22, 2013
5.85 X 1.03 X 8.55 inches | 1.02 pounds

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About the Author

Patricia Churchland is the author of Touching a Nerve: Our Brains, Our Selves. She is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.


Marvelous...A trustworthy guide, [Churchland] gives comfort not by simplifying the research but by asking the right questions.--Jascha Hoffman
Patricia Churchland may be the world's leading neuro-philosopher today, but she also hails from humble beginnings in rural Canada. And that plainspoken farm girl, that second self, is on full display in this beautiful, unpretentious, enchanting exploration of mind, morals, and the meaning of life.--Owen Flanagan, author of The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World
It is hard to conceive of a better guide to this difficult terrain than the MacArthur-award-winning Ms. Churchland...[She] writes with surpassing clarity, elegance, humor and modesty.--Abigail Zuger
Churchland creates a compelling narrative to further the idea of the self as brain... Through her examples, we can all come to understand our actions and intentions more clearly.--Moheb Costandi
Bold, deeply insightful and biological to the core, with a warm and soothing touch of humanity.--JoaquΓ­n Fuster, author of The Prefrontal Cortex
Touching a Nerve is like a refreshing, bracing prairie breeze blowing away the cobwebs and obfuscation of so much philosophy and neuroscience. It is dazzlingly clear, down to earth, and often funny.--Alison Gopnik, author of The Philosophical Baby: What Children