Societies of Brains: A Study in the Neuroscience of Love and Hate

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Glossary of Terms used with Special Meanings [page]
activity density function - a spatiotemporal pattern of numbers that models an evolving spatial pattern of Neuroactivity [43]
awareness - update of intentional structure, back-dated about a half second after a self makes a decision to act [155]
bifurcation - an abrupt change in the function of a brain part with a chemical or structural change in its connections [63]
causality - quale of the process of observation in cyclic action- reafference-perception; a basis of intentional action [142]
consciousness - the social attribution of awareness by humans to other humans, animals, objects, and imagined spirits [138]
conversion - dissolution of intentional structure by endogenous neurochemicals, followed by learning new patterns of actions and beliefs; also pejoratively called brainwashing [124]
Eureka reaction - the feeling of insight; based in neuromodulator action having no relation to truth; antidote: skepticism [149]
forcing function - cortical input preceding state transitions [63]
intentionality - the process of a brain in action having the properties of unity, wholeness, and "stretching forth"; a combination of action, perception, and learning [15]
intentional structure - synaptic web of neuropil in a forebrain, modified by learning and unlearning; actualizing behavior [19]
intent - stretching forth; reduced by metonymy to "purpose" [17]
itinerancy - a form of change in which a sequence of brain states returns sufficiently close to earlier states that they are classed together, though they differ in detail [100]
meaning - the location of a focus of intentional relations; a part of a trajectory traced by chaotic dynamics in a brain [134]
mind - the structure of behavior, unfolding as experience [40]
neural activity - chemical events comprising Neuroactivity [39]

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  • Title Page *
  • Societies of Brains - A Study in the Neuroscience of Love and Hate *
  • Acknowledgements *
  • Prologue 1
  • Chapter 1 - Brains and Minds 9
  • Chapter 2 - Nerve Energy and Neuroactivity 27
  • Chapter 3 - Sensation and Perception 44
  • Chapter 4 - Intention and Movement 68
  • Chapter 5 - Intentional Structure and Thought 93
  • Chapter 6 - Learning and Unlearning 111
  • Chapter 7 - Self and Society 135
  • Epilogue 155
  • Notes 159
  • References 177
  • Index 197
  • Glossary of Terms Used with Special Meanings [page] 203
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