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The Mechanism of Mind ISBN 617-20331-2 LC 70-84120
The Mechanism of Mind ISBN 617-20331-2 LC 70-84120 Author:Edward De Bono Psychology Today Book Club Edition from the author if best-selling NEW THINK. — This book puts together nerve cells to make a brain in easy stages with clarity, for instance,fruit jelly and children's blocks instead of esoteric mathematical symbols to illustrate points. He shows how there emerges a memory surface which provides an opportunity for... more » information to organize itself into significant patters instead of such patterns being constructed by some outside process.
We see how the mechanics of this brain give rise to such phenomena as insight, learning, humor, self and thinking - all of which are often regarded as uniquely human. D. de Bono also explores the physical basis for the four types of thinking: natural, logical, lateral and mathematical.
Using only routine scientific notions, he arrives at startling and practical conclusions. He shows the inescapable defects inherent in the brain's highly effective behavior - such things as polarizing and divisive tendencies, myth-making, and the dominance of right patterns. And he proposes a new word - as basic in function as the word 'no,', but completely different - to help the mind's essential but very weak insight mechanism to restructure and update thinking patterns.
Above all, Dr. de Bono gets away from the apparatus of classical philosophy and psychology to deal with mind as the predictable working of a mechanical structure. As he half-seriously suggests, the brain may not be to difficult to understand, but too simple "the brain functions as a computer only because it has bad memory."
Dr. Bono was born in Malta in l933, holds an MD(Malta), MA and D.Phil (Oxford) and Ph.D (Cambridge) and works in the Department of Investigative Medicine in Cambridge University, England« less