Your Brain Is A Time Machine

Your Brain Is A Time Machine

The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

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In Your Brain Is a Time Machine, brain researcher and best-selling author Dean Buonomano draws on evolutionary biology, physics, and philosophy to present his influential theory of how we tell, and perceive, time. The human brain, he argues, is a complex system that not only tells time but creates it; it constructs our sense of chronological flow and enables "mental time travel"́ђإsimulations of future and past events. These functions are essential not only to our daily lives but to the evolution of the human race: without the ability to anticipate the future, mankind would never have crafted tools or invented agriculture. The brain was designed to navigate our continuously changing world by predicting what will happen and when. Buonomano combines neuroscience expertise with a far-ranging, multidisciplinary approach. With engaging style, he illuminates such concepts as consciousness, spacetime, and relativity while addressing profound questions that have long occupied scientists and philosophers alike: What is time? Is our sense of time's passage an illusion? Does free will exist, or is the future predetermined? In pursuing the answers, Buonomano reveals as much about the fascinating architecture of the human brain as he does about the intricacies of time itself. This virtuosic work of popular science leads to an astonishing realization: your brain is, at its core, a time machine.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393247947
Branch Call Number: 612.8 BUO 2017
Characteristics: pages cm


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spl_merley Jun 28, 2018

As much as this book had me stretching my mind to understand the physics of time it also sparked wonder and awe at the miracle of our mind and our bodies. A good resource for exploring the theoretical, the philosophical and the different perspectives taken by different scientific fields.

Apr 04, 2018

Excellent book on the neurobiology of time: how the brain has evolved different ways to measure time, how the brain conceptializes time primarily in terms of space. Good discussion of how physicists and philosophers define time differently from neurobiologists and psychologists. Is only the present real? Are the past and future already determined? Is time itself an illusion or really something hard for us to comprehend like gravity?

May 20, 2017

Excellent read, fabulous content of science and philosophy. Seminal for sure.


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