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Coming to Our Senses

Viki McCabe
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 
2014
Number of Pages: 
273
Format: 
Hardcover
Price: 
29.95
ISBN: 
9780199988587
Category: 
General
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INTRODUCTION

PART 1: THE NATURE OF INFORMATION

CHAPTER 1 THE STRUCTURE OF REALITY

Theory overrides structure and promotes disaster: The Vincennes incident
The Origins and Nature of Structural Information
Saved by Structural Information
Our Complex Perceptual Systems: J.J. Gibson's Views
An Alternate View: Signal Detection Theory
Complexity and Structural Information
Seeing What We Believe: How the Mind Hijacks the Senses
The Source of Common Sense: Our Senses

CHAPTER 2 PERCEIVING STRUCTURE
Recognition and Structural Information
Altering Facial Proportions Alters Structure and Disrupts Recognition
Care-giving by Configuration
Facial Structure
Face Blindness and Super-Recognizers
What's Wrong with Eyewitness Testimony: Features vs. Structure
Why Features Fail as Evidence
Our Atomistic Worldview Leads Us Astray

CHAPTER 3 STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS

Catching a Child Molester
Dynamic Spatial Information
Oscillating Figure Eight Reveals Identity
Do We Have Memories of Structural Information?
Our Brain-World Interface
Navigation Grids and Space Cells
Walking in Other People's Moccasins
Reciprocating Structures: Experiencing Empathy

CHAPTER 4 RESTRUCTURING REALITY

Clouded Vision: No-Outlet Levees Destroy Delta Ecosystem
Controlling Nature: Eliminating Natural Structure--Tributaries and Meanders
The Whole is More Than the Sum of its Parts
Restoring a Meander
Structural Pattern Generators and Natural Structures
Branching
Spirals
Meanders
Hexagons

CHAPTER 5 REALITY'S GEOMETRY

The Good Friday Alaska Earthquake: The Real World Reinstates Itself
Bacteria's Quorum Sensing
Immune Cells Communicate Using Structural Configurations
Volatile Compounds Send Aromatic Messages
Animal Environment Reciprocities
Frogs
Crows
Geese
Mating, Foraging, Escaping
Migrating Through Space
Human-Environmental Affordances

Acquiring and Representing Structural Information
Benoit Mandelbrot's Fractals

Our Fractal Brain

CHAPTER 6 EXPERTS' EXPERTS

Repetitions without Repetition
Minimally Essential Spatial Information
Experts' Experts Rely on Structural Information
Diagnosing Injuries: Reading the Dynamics of Movement Deviations
Curing Pain in the Brain: How the Brain Can Restructure Reality
Diagnosing cancer: Pathology and Structural Information
Condensing the Structure of Reality: The Japanese Garden
Reading the Seascape: Sea Gypsies Survive a Tsunami
Translating the Structure of Reality into Words

PART TWO: MANUFACTURED INFORMATION AND THE BIASED BRAIN


CHAPTER 7 MIND OVER MATTER: Theories and Other Mental Fallout

Flawed Theory Disfigures Cancer Patients
Where do Theories Come from?
Theories and the Brain
Hijacking the Interpreter
Unacknowledged Theories that Threaten our Survival
How to Judge a Theory

CHAPTER 8 ARE SCIENTIFIC THEORIES DIFFERENT?

Trial by Theory: Galileo and the Holy Office of the Inquisition
Alfred Wegener and the Theory of Continental Drift
Barbara McClintock and the Theory of Jumping Genes
How Science can Progress by Extending Our Eyes
Theories and Complexity

CHAPTER 9 ARE ECONOMIC THEORIES DIFFERENT?

Proctor and Gamble and Gibson Greeting Cards v. Bankers Trust
Replacing Reality: The Evolution of the Derivative
Seeing the Structural Information that Specifies the Market
The Sad Saga of Brooksley Born
An Alternative Theory of the Economy

CHAPTER 10 COMPLEXITY, COMPONENTS, AND MENTAL CONCEPTS

Death by Financial Concept
Viral Components and Complex Systems
Agribusiness: Turning Sustainable Complexity into Unsustainable Simplicity
A Sustainable Complex System: The Family Farm
From Complexity to Simplicity: From Whole Grains to Empty Calories
From Nutritional Simplicity To Obesity

EPILOGUE: A Cautionary Tale

Dummy View - NOT TO BE DELETED