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August 11, 1999

The MindThe Mind's Past

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Michael S. Gazzaniga, 263 pp, with illus, $22.50, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;282(6):594-595. doi:10.1001/jama.282.6.594-JBK0811-6-1

Generations of psychologists have believed the mind is a blank slate. Experience fills up the slate. Trial and error, stimulus and response, and associations have been the stuff of psychology.

According to the author of The Mind's Past, a famous neuroscientist, all this is passé. Psychology, he says, is dead. Replacing it are the neurosciences. The sciences bore holes into the mind's black box, through which we can peek at what is going on inside. Some day, probably in the next millennium, the lid will be lifted, and we will learn the nature of consciousness and work out mind-brain connections.

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