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The Human Mind  

 by Rudolf Stalder

A text conceived for artists and people close to culture and art

 (All rights reserved 2004, Legal notice )

      Literature and web sites  
  Part I The Nervous System ( including 5 graphs )  
    II Act of Vision (including 3 graphs )  
    III The Mind  
    IV     Thinking  
    V     The Free Will  
          Visual Events  
    VI     The Dysfunctional Mind  






Rarely a topic central to art and culture is more subject to personal beliefs and ideological views than the human mind, while ignoring well established knowledge.

In contrast to physics established as a science centuries ago, the science of the mind has a rather short history of about hundred years, consequently separating philosophical and neurobiological points of view.

Many artists may wonder why they are painters and not dancer, writers or composers, how they learn, the way they assess themselves, why they believe what they believe. Many answers to such questions relate to the basic individual configuration of the mind and its shaping by life and personal actions and behavior.

Most of this outlay covers physiological aspects of the mind, aspects the likely reader of this text is not very familiar with, with the aim to provide a framework for further reading.

Addressed are basic facts in regard of the nervous system, the act of vision and the human mind itself. Explanations are limited to the essential to keep the presentation short. Literature of good quality for more detailed information is easily available. The human mind is not an easy topic and it is well understood that this presentation may be useful to some readers but of not much help to others.





  Literature and web sites :  
  The Biology of Mind (M. Deric Bownds, Fitzgerald Science Press, 1999)  
  Based on a course for science and non-science majors, evolution based outlay  
  Web-version at : Deric Bownds - Writing on The Biology of Mind - Origins and Structures of Mind, Brain, and Consciousness  
  Synaptic Self (Joseph LeDoux, Viking, 2002)  
  Physiology based, conceived for scientists as non-scientists as well  
  Web site LeDoux : (www.cns.nyu.edu/home/ledoux)  
  The Illusion of the Conscious Will (Daniel M. Wegner, MIT Press, 2002)  
  Bookmarks for Dan Wegner  (containing links to relevant neuroscience related sites)   
  A critical assessment  
  A User's Guide to the Brain ( John J. Ratey, MD, Vintage Books, 2002 )  
  Clinically orientated outline  
Neuroscience Education   (Eric H. Chudler)
  For kids, non-scientists and scientist as well  
  Neuroscience Tutorial   (Diana Weedman Molavi, PhD, Washington Univ. School of Med.)  
  course for first year medical students  
  The Limbic System  



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