Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks

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Yale University Press
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5.0 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Guy Claxton is emeritus professor of the learning sciences at the University of Winchester. His many publications include Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less. He lives in Sussex, UK.


"Guy Claxton is an articulate spokesman for the new field of "embodied cognition". He argues that shaking off our brain-centered view will not only give us a better understanding of human biology but will also benefit society."--Clive Cookson, Financial Times
"A lively, balanced re-examination of the traditional mind-body issue in light of modern advances in neuroscience."--Kirkus Reviews
"Free of jargon . . . Illuminates for readers what specialists in neuroscience and philosophy have understood for decades: that the physical body constitutes the core of our intelligence."--New York Journal of Books
"Memory, consciousness, emotions, abstractions, the nature of the self - our casual conceptions of all these are powerfully challenged as Intelligence in the Flesh examines the unity of mind and body with considerable wisdom and not a little wit."--David Perkins, author of Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World

"The best book on the topic of embodied intelligence that I know: the most thorough, as well as the most clearly thought out, and the most readable. It deserves to be very widely read and should become a classic work in the area."--Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary