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The mind is flat : the illusion of mental depth and the improvised mind

Chater, Nick2019
Most of us assume that our thoughts, desires and behaviour arise from the murky depths of our minds, and, if only we could access this inner world, we could truly understand ourselves. For more than a century, psychologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists have struggled, using methods from psychotherapy to brain scans, to discover what lies below the surface of our minds. In a profound reappraisal of how the mind works, pre-eminent behavioural scientist Nick Chater reveals that this entire enterprise is misguided: that we have no mental depths to plumb. Drawing on startling new research in neuroscience, behavioural psychology and perception, this book shows that we have no inner library of beliefs, values and desires lying with us, but instead generate them in the moment, and base them entirely on our past experiences.
Chater, Nick, author
UK : Penguin Books, 2019.
251 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Originally published: UK: Allen Lane, 2018."An Allen Lane book"--Back cover.Includes bibliographical references and index.
9780241208779 (pbk. :)
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