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  1. 3.5 hrs • 7/1/2015 • Unabridged

    How did the human mind emerge from the collection of neurons that makes up the brain? How did the brain acquire self-awareness, functional autonomy, language, and the ability to think, to understand itself and the world? In this volume in MIT’s Essential Knowledge series, Zoltan Torey offers an accessible and concise description of the evolutionary breakthrough that created the human mind. Drawing on insights from evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and linguistics, Torey reconstructs the sequence of events by which Homo erectus became Homo sapiens. He describes the augmented functioning that underpins the emergent mind—a new (“off-line”) internal response system with which the brain accesses itself and then forms a selection mechanism for mentally generated behavior options. This functional breakthrough, Torey argues, explains how the animal brain’s “awareness” became self-accessible and reflective—that is, how the human brain acquired a conscious mind. Consciousness, unlike animal awareness, is not a unitary phenomenon but a composite process. Torey’s account shows how protolanguage evolved into language, how a brain subsystem for the emergent mind was built, and why these developments are opaque to introspection. We experience the brain’s functional autonomy, he argues, as free will. Torey proposes that once life began, consciousness had to emerge—because consciousness is the informational source of the brain’s behavioral response. Consciousness, he argues, is not a newly acquired “quality,” “cosmic principle,” “circuitry arrangement,” or “epiphenomenon,” as others have argued, but an indispensable working component of the living system’s manner of functioning.

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    The Conscious Mind by Zoltan Torey

    The Conscious Mind

    3.5 hrs • 7/1/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.2 hrs • 11/15/2011 • Unabridged

    A twelve-week system that teaches you to retrain your brain to embrace a healthy lifestyle The brain is the command center of the human body. Change it, and the body follows. This is the wisdom that Stanford physician Dr. Kelly Traver employed when developing The Healthiest You, her mind-expanding and waistline-slimming system for getting into shape—and staying that way. Using the most cutting-edge research in neuroscience today, Dr. Traver first developed The Healthiest You system with her patients in mind, and she saw it deliver successful results in a short time: 98 percent of Dr. Traver’s patients lowered their blood pressure, 15 percent reduced their body fat, and an amazing 100 percent lowered their cholesterol. Over the course of just twelve weeks, listeners can achieve similar success by following Dr. Traver’s “Learn It, Personalize It, Live It” plan. With simple, straightforward instructions, Dr. Traver tells listeners how to outsmart their own brain by rewiring the stubbornly change-resistant organ so that it not only accepts healthy lifestyle habits, it embraces them. 

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    The Healthiest You by Kelly Traver, MD, Betty Kelly Sargent

    The Healthiest You

    12.2 hrs • 11/15/11 • Unabridged
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