Welcome to my new blog!  I’ve called this blog “Brain and the Poetic Mind” from the idea that poetry is about creation – from the Greek word poiein (Gr. to create).   We’re going to be exploring the implications of the physical mind, the idea that the mind is a creation of the brain.  This has several interesting implications that we will explore in further posts, including the idea that

  • Changing the brain changes the mind
  • Changing the mind changes the brain

and that

  • We can read minds by listening to brains

The other piece of the puzzle that we’ll examine in future posts is the role of all of these issues in decision-making.  The purpose of the brain is to make decisions .  The reason we remember things is to make better decisions in the future.  This will bring us to questions of neuroeconomics, memory, and learning.  In my new book The Mind within the Brain, I start from the definition of decision-making as “action-selection”.   This turns out to have a number of interesting implications.

Along the way, I’m sure there’ll be lots of other fun things to talk about.

Anyway, it should be fun.

More to come.

About the Author

A. David Redish, Ph.D.

A. David Redish, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.


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