Edited by Bryan Cartledge, 188 pp, $55, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1997.
The relationship between the mind and the brain has inspired philosophers for centuries. This volume, based on the 1995-1996 Linacre Lecture series at Oxford University, extends this dialectical relationship to include the physical environment.
There are 8 chapters in this book written by a distinguished group of scholars. The major strength of the book (and also its primary weakness) stems from its goal of attempting to be accessible to the general reader. It achieves this goal; however, its general accessibility proves to be a weakness in the chapters discussing the clinical aspects of brain function, which generally provide no insights into brain function that are not already well known to readers of the ARCHIVES. Nevertheless, specific experiments examining the role of emotion in reasoning are likely to be less familiar and of interest. This, of course, may not be true for general readers.
Mind, Brain, and the Environment: The Linacre Lectures, 1995-1996. Arch Neurol. 1999;56(9):1165. doi: