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eBook Satisfaction: Towards a Biology of Mind and Language ePub
Author: William Reynolds
Language: English
ISBN: 0956204007
ISBN13: 978-0956204004
Publisher: Burlestone Press (June 13, 2009)
Pages: 164
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William Reynolds believes that progress is impeded by the concept of causation, which philosophers generally take to be real (not simply a construction on our part) and often treat as a quasi-scientific touchstone. By re-conceptualizing biological systems, including the human brain, in a certain way, he shows how it is possible to discern in biological function an unsuspected type of coherence, which owes nothing to causation. Yet that is precisely what we have in William Reynolds' book Satisfaction.

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William H. Calvin, P. a neurophysiologist at the University of Washington, is the author of The Throwing Madonna and The River that Flows Uphill. George A. Ojemann, . a neurosurgeon at the University of Washington, collaborated with Dr. Calvin on their earlier book, Inside the Brain. It's hard to stick with this one. There's not much of a plot to draw you from chapter to chapter, and as instructional material, it drags out too much. Given learning as the objective for reading it, I'd rather just read something that cuts to the chase in a more overt, efficient, instructional manner.

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A prevalent theme of book is a moving away from individual elements and individual actors acting upon each other, toward a coordinate hermeneutic dynamics that manifests as a coherent totality

A prevalent theme of book is a moving away from individual elements and individual actors acting upon each other, toward a coordinate hermeneutic dynamics that manifests as a coherent totality.

The subject matter of philosophy has always consisted of unsolved problems. Consciousness, perception, action and semantic meaning are some of those currently outstanding. William Reynolds believes that progress is impeded by the concept of causation, which philosophers generally take to be real (not simply a construction on our part) and often treat as a quasi-scientific touchstone. By re-conceptualizing biological systems, including the human brain, in a certain way, he shows how it is possible to discern in biological function an unsuspected type of coherence, which owes nothing to causation. On this basis the problems of mind can be radically recast in such a way that a general metaphysical solution may be envisaged. Having resisted all attempts to eliminate it, meaning on this schema becomes central and in fact real. It reveals a metaphysics of constraint uniquely exploited by organisms but also underlying natural laws, with implications for determinism and the problem of free will.

The term 'satisfaction' denotes the axial relation of a biological type to its functional condition of satisfaction. The type may be a gene complex, a phenotypic character, a phenotypic extension, a speech act, an appetitive desire, a psychological attribute such as an intention, or a social institution. The brain, unusually, has dual conditions of satisfaction. In each case the type can be said to mean its condition of satisfaction, which in turn necessitates the type. This downward metaphysical necessitation is stronger than any imagined upward, causal or emergent alternative and may point to a feature of reality that would otherwise be hidden from us.

Satisfaction has been written with the non-specialist but intellectually curious reader in mind, being partly intended as an accessible introduction to the philosophy of mind and language. At the same time its argument will be relevant to linguistics, psychology and neuroscience as well as to the fundamentals of biology and even physics.

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