Summary of Who’s in Charge?

Free Will and the Science of the Brain

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Who’s in Charge? book summary
What makes you think you’re in control of yourself?

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Michael S. Gazzaniga, a prolific author in the field of neurobiology, explains discoveries from biology, genetics, neuroscience and physics that contribute to the modern understanding of consciousness. Gazzaniga blends jokes and examples from personal experience into his formal presentation, and he succeeds in making this challenging topic accessible. getAbstract recommends his conceptual explanations to readers seeking to better understand neuroscience or themselves.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How views of the brain and consciousness have changed
  • What shapes your consciousness
  • What factors determine and limit your autonomy
 

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The Mind, the Brain, the Self and the Paradox
Everyday life reveals a profound paradox: Individuals see themselves as “unified conscious agents” who freely choose their actions. However, even as they act, they know that they are “biological machines.” The same natural laws that govern ...
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About the Author

Michael S. Gazzaniga is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also the author of The Ethical Brain, The Mind’s Past and Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique.


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