Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time Author Dean Buonomano
ISBN-10 0393247945
ISBN-13 9780393247947
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A leading neuroscientist embarks on a groundbreaking exploration of how time works inside the brain In Your Brain Is a Time Machine brain researcher and best selling author Dean Buonomano draws on evolutionary biology physics and philosophy to present his influential theory of how we tell and perceive time The human brain he argues is a complex system that not only tells time but creates it it constructs our sense of chronological flow and enables mental time travelsimulations of future and past events These functions are essential not only to our daily lives but to the evolution of the human race without the ability to anticipate the future mankind would never have crafted tools or invented agriculture The brain was designed to navigate our continuously changing world by predicting what will happen and when Buonomano combines neuroscience expertise with a far ranging multidisciplinary approach With engaging style he illuminates such concepts as consciousness spacetime and relativity while addressing profound questions that have long occupied scientists and philosophers alike What is time Is our sense of times passage an illusion Does free will exist or is the future predetermined In pursuing the answers Buonomano reveals as much about the fascinating architecture of the human brain as he does about the intricacies of time itself This virtuosic work of popular science leads to an astonishing realization your brain is at its core a time machine 22 illustrations

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