Doubt and Certainty in Science A Biologist's Reflections on the Brain — The B.B.C. Reith Lectures 1950 - J. Z. [John Zachary] YoungOxford At The Clarendon Press, 1953, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Tanning to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Reprint. [First: 1951] From the cover: “The thesis of Professor Young’s Reith Lectures is that we can usefully describe the higher activities of man, for instance those of the scientist, by considering the brain processes that produce them. He believes that modern man’s especial biological feature is the use of the brain to produce cooperation among individuals by communication. The necessity to communicate thus dominates all our actions, determining, for example, our habits of speaking of self and not self and thus produces the terminology of body and mind. He describes modern ideas about the functioning of the brain and explains how comparison between this functioning and that of calculating machines can be usefully made. The brain operates by building up a series of rules and these rules act as models for the brain when it comes to deal with fresh events. Professor Young describes the series of rules that enable the child to communicate with its parents, with other members of the family, with members of the other sex and finally with society in general. He shows how social co-operation depends on the establishment of models or symbols of communication whose significance is learnt by the characteristically human act of assembling in large numbers.
Size: 7½" x 5"
Number of Pages: [VI] 168
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