The Brain and Conscious Unity: Freud's Omega by Petr Bob

By Petr Bob

In this provocative textual content, a famous neuroscientist reexamines Freud's posthumously released  Project of medical Psychology within the gentle of contemporary neuroscience. This improved "thermodynamics of the brain" version comprises strong conceptions of the mobile and neural processes that accompany construction of awareness and reminiscence, their contributions to such stipulations as melancholy, dissociative problems, and schizophrenia, and implications for perform, from imaging to talk-based treatments to pharmacotherapy. imperative to this build is Freud's notion of particular "omega" neurons because the such a lot unstable vendors of awareness among brain and mind, that's utilized to present matters concerning complexity and government functioning. furthermore, the publication is widely referenced, permitting readers to enquire those and comparable phenomena in larger detail.

Among the subjects covered:

Neural reductionism in Freud's "Project" and neuropsychoanalysis.

  • Thermodynamics and mind self-organization.
  • Conflicting info and the dissociated mind.
  • The Cartesian version of the brain and the binding problem.
  • Neuroendocrine and immune reaction to stress.
  • The thought of omega neurons and glossy chaos theory.

Rigorous, hard, and sometimes startling, The mind and unsleeping Unity is a milestone within the neuroscience and mind/brain literature to be learn and mentioned by way of psychiatrists, psychologists, and neuropsychologists.

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3 Entropy of Mind 29 specific level of disorder that is subjectively experienced and reflected in the human mind and behavior. These physical-information relationships enable to define basic principles of brain-mind information exchange which are based on relationships between brain physical processes and information processing in the human mind. The relationship between statistical (material) entropy in the brain and information entropy related to information content in the human mind therefore represents and constitutes the basic brain-mind information principle, which specifically states that the loss of information during brain information processing implicates increased disorder (and entropy) of the brain and mind.

In his work Turing (1952) proposed how chemical substances, called morphogens, might react together and create main phenomena of morphogenesis and discussed chemical inequlibrium dynamics that genes may use to create morphological structures. Specific aspect of dynamical and chaotic systems is their limited behavior and limited space of occurrence in the state space, similarly as other deterministic systems, but their behavior has limited predictability or it is unpredictable in the space and time.

Based on these innate structural preferences of ‘mental association patterns’, similarly as in chemical thermodynamics where atoms create preferred forms (or patterns) of ‘molecular structures’ with lowest levels of energy, also mental structures likely may be created on thermodynamic principles. In this context, by similar way as we study structural © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015 P. 1007/978-1-4939-2700-5_2 31 32 2 Mind in Conflict and Unity determination of various forms in scientific disciplines like physics or chemistry, likely using basic principles of thermodynamics may be possible to find the basic structural processes for description of mental processing.

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