By Cordelia Fine
In 'Delusions of Gender' Cordelia superb does an impressive task debunking the so-called technological know-how, and particularly the mind technology, of gender. when you idea there have been a few inescapable proof approximately women's minds - a few demanding wiring that explains terrible technology and maths functionality, or the facility to recollect to shop for the milk and set up the vacations - you could positioned those at the garbage heap. as a substitute, fantastic indicates that there are nearly no components of functionality that aren't touched by way of cultural stereotypes. This scholarly ebook will make you itch to press the delete button on lots nonsense, whereas being natural enjoyable to learn. --Emeritus Professor Uta Frith FBA, FMedSci, FRS, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, college collage London, examine beginning Professor, collage of Aarhus
Cordelia fantastic has a major mind and writing expertise to burn. In her new ebook, 'Delusions of Gender', she takes target on the concept that male brains and feminine brains are "wired differently," prime women and men to behave in a way in keeping with decades-old gender stereotypes. Armed with penetrating insights, a rapier wit, and a slew of rigorously researched proof, fantastic lowers her visor, lifts her lance, and assaults this concept full-force. even if her adversaries can rally their forces and mount a winning counter-attack continues to be noticeable. What's sure at this element, even if, is that during 'Delusions of Gender' Cordelia wonderful has struck an amazing first blow opposed to what she calls "neurosexism." --William Ickes, extraordinary Professor of Psychology, college of Texas at Arlington writer of 'Everyday brain Reading'
Fine turns the preferred technological know-how e-book formulation on its head -- united states this day, August 2010
Fine is enjoyable, droll but deeply severe. environment a cracking speed, 'Delusions' tackles the facility of implicit organization (those subconscious institutions we make approximately women and men) and of detrimental stereotyping, plus the empathising/systematising idea proposed by means of psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, and the messy international of mind scans and genetic study. Her end: we're in thrall to "neurosexism". --New Scientist 1 September 2010
The writer, Cordelia superb, who has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from collage university London, is an acerbic critic, mincing no phrases in terms of these she disagrees with. yet her sharp tongue is tempered with humor and linguistic playfulness, because the identify itself suggests.... It's too past due to inform that to Dr. Sax, a proponent of single-sex schooling, who mentioned the Connellan research as proof that "girls are born prewired to have an interest in faces whereas boys are prewired to be extra drawn to relocating objects." yet it's no longer too past due to learn this publication and spot how advanced and interesting the entire factor is.
--New York instances, 24 August 2010
`In a publication that flickers with wit, that's effortless to learn yet underpinned through titanic scholarship and a powerful 100-page bibliography, Cordelia fantastic assaults the prepared generalisations on sexual alterations made by means of neuroscientists and their media exegetes.' - Hilary Rose
--THE, thirtieth September, 2010
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Though not yet fully understood, consciousness and both its phenomenal contents (like subjective experience) and mental contents (like our thoughts) are these days often taken as hallmark features of the brain and its neural activity. As in the case of behavioral contents, I argue that phenomenal and mental contents do very much presuppose a particular encoding strategy in the generation of the brain’s neural activity in order for them to be possible. More technically INTRODUCTION xxxiv put, I propose difference-based coding as necessary condition of possible consciousness and its phenomenal and mental contents.
This means that the resulting neural activity is spatially and temporally “sparsened,” reflecting what is described as “lifetime sparseners” and “population sparseness” (Part I). Sparse coding has been predominantly investigated on the cellular level. I will here extend its central claim to the regional level, taking results from perceptual decision-making as the paradigmatic example. As on the cellular level, the findings suggest that neural activity on the regional level can only result when encoding the difference between different stimuli rather than the stimuli themselves.
I will here target those neuronal mechanisms that are central in generating the predicted input on the basis of the brain’s intrinsic activity and the encoding of its own neural activity in terms of spatial and temporal differences; that is, difference-based coding. Since reward is one of the main functions where predictive coding has been demonstrated, I devote two chapters (see Chapters 8 and 9) to it, in which I will discuss how difference-based coding and predictive coding complement each other.
Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences by Cordelia Fine