The Necessary Narrative

Terence W. Picton

in Mind and the Frontal Lobes

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791569
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919215 | DOI:
The Necessary Narrative

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Human life is a creative interaction between the brain and the world. Perception is ultimately based on mental models that are continuously adjusted to the fit with incoming sensory information. Explanations for what happens require the construction of stories that link perceived effects to postulated causes. These explanations can be incorrect and often need to be revised. Some current ideas that free will may be illusory are not justified by the evidence. The human brain considers information in many ways. Science and religion represent different levels of thought. Science should not discount religion but rather seek to understand the deep human need for irrational belief.

Keywords: brain; creativity; perception; models; causality; stories; explanations; free will; readiness potential; science; religion

Chapter.  6916 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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