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The Limits of Dream : A Scientific Exploration of the Mind / Brain Interface - J. F. Pagel

The Limits of Dream

A Scientific Exploration of the Mind / Brain Interface


Published: 28th July 2010
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The Limits of Dream focuses on what we currently know of the human central nervous system (CNS), examining the basic sciences of neurochemisty, neuroanatomy, and CNS electrophysiology as these sciences apply to dream, then reaching beyond basic science to examine the cognitive science of dreaming including the processes of memory, the perceptual interface, and visual imagery. Building on what is known of intrapersonal CNS processing, the book steps outside the physical body to explore artificially created dreams and their use in filmmaking, art and story, as well as the role of dreaming in creative process and creative "madness.? The limits of our scientific knowledge of dream frame this window that can be used to explore the border between body and mind. What is known scientifically of the cognitive process of dreaming will lead the neuroscientist, the student of cognitive science, and the general reader down different paths than expected into an exploration of the fuzzy and complex horizon between mind and brain.

* The clearest presentation of research and philosophy currently available relating to the mind/brain interface
* Discusses the cognitive processes of dreaming utilized in film and artificial intelligence
* Describes the functioning of dream in the creative process

Introduction -- Definitions and the search for truth -- Mind/Plato's cave -- Dream can be gazpacho -- Neuroanatomy of dreaming -- Neurochemistry of dreaming -- Electrophysiology of dreaming -- Complexity of dreams: neural networks and consciousness -- Studying the cognitive substrate of dreaming -- Dreams and sleep: the substrate hypothesis -- Dreaming and memory -- Brain/computer interface -- Cognitive process of dreaming -- Exploring the visual interface -- Thinking and dreaming -- Cognitive organization of dreaming -- Hallucinations and dreams -- Dreaming and storytelling -- Film: the projected dream -- Functional uses for dreaming -- Creativity -- Non-dreaming or the use of dreams in creativity -- Dream use by filmmakers -- Dreaming and artists -- Models of mind and brain -- Models of mind=brain -- Mind not brain: the Cartesian psychoanalyst -- Viewing the border between brain and mind: a modified Cartesian perspective -- Limits of dream.

ISBN: 9780080559605
ISBN-10: 0080559603
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 28th July 2010
Publisher: Elsevier Science