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Book Title: Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us about the Good Life|
Date of issue: February 25th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781280598616
The author of the book: Shimon Edelman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 336 KB
Edition: Basic Books (AZ)
Read full description of the books Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us about the Good Life:Delle 200 pagine di cui è composto questo libro, circa un centinaio mi hanno letteralmente annoiato a morte. Un'attenta analisi ha rivelato che:
* 60 sono pagine infarcite di discussioni tecniche piuttosto vaghe e nebulose, per dimostrare che l'autore è perfettamente esperto in tutto lo scibile delle materie cognitive.
* 10 sono composte da un numero imbarazzante di citazioni a sé stesso per dimostrare il punto precedente.
* 25 sono fatte da continue, e spesso non richieste e completamente inutili, citazioni di Shakespeare ed Omero per dimostrare che l'autore, comunque, ha anche una grande cultura umanistica.
* 5 pagine sono dedicate al divertente tentativo di dare un senso coeso all'intero libro, riallacciandosi al "tema" dell'introduzione, qualunque esso sia (non l'ho ancora capito con molta precisione).
L'unica parte che ho veramente apprezzato è la simpatica finta recensione conclusiva, in cui l'autore stesso commenta scherzosamente i difetti del libro.
Read information about the authorIf one takes the death of Stalin to mark the end of the first, darker half of
the 20th century, I was born just as its second half was getting under way, in the
evil empire that he built and that managed to survive for thirty-odd years after the
emperor kicked the bucket. In 1973, just ahead of the Yom Kippur War, my family
emigrated to Israel, where I graduated from high school. I was drafted into the
army and underwent basic training, then got a B.S. in electrical engineering and
returned to the army for five more years (not counting reserve duty). After
discharge (highest rank attained: major, reserve), I went back to school and
earned an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in computer science. Since then, I taught and
worked in research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, at MIT, at the
University of Sussex at Brighton in the UK, and at Cornell University, where I
have been a tenured full professor of psychology since 1999. I have also held
visiting positions at Brown University, at MIT, at Tel Aviv University, and at Korea
University in Seoul.
My long-standing research and teaching interests focus on understanding
the brain/mind – a problem that, in my view, encompasses the entirety of the
human condition. It is because of my desire to understand, both scientifically and
intuitively, what makes us human that my research projects are so diverse: I
have worked on specific problems in visual perception, in robotics and AI, in
motor control, in language acquisition, in memory, and in consciousness, striving
at all times to integrate “extracurricular” interests such as my love of nature and
of literature with the science that I am engaged in. My work has led to over a
hundred refereed publications, three edited volumes, and two monographs,
including Computing the Mind: How the Mind Really Works (Oxford University
Press, 2008). Of these, the last one, The Happiness of Pursuit (Basic Books,
2012) is a trade book, which became a Kirkus Reviews starred selection and
“Must-Read in new nonfiction” when it came out.
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