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"Intellectual commerce at the mind-brain interface has been blossoming for a decade. Arnold Modell's important contribution to consciousness studies forges together modern and classical views of mental organization with the results of neuroscience. In it the three inseparable aspects of mental statesphenomenological, functional, and physiologicalare blended together seamlessly. His positions invite us to consider a patchwork of intriguing evidence emerging from modern neuroscience in a psychologically coherent manner, and they force us to think hard about how emotional values, meaning, and imagination arise from neural dynamics." Jaak Panksepp, Distinguished Research Professor, Emeritus, Bowling Green State University



"A profound rumination on the perennial problem of how to understand other minds." Jung-In Kwon Journal of Consciousness Studies



"A profound rumination on the perennial problem of how to understand other minds." Jung-In Kwon Journal of Consciousness Studies

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Arnold H. Modell is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
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  • Series: Philosophical Psychopathology
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book; 1 edition (August 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262633434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262633437
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Anyone familiar with Dr. Modell's books knows that to take on the task of reviewing one of them requires chutzpah, or at least a lot of confidence in oneself. Dr. Modell is clearly a learned man who likes a challenge. "Imagination and the Meaningful Brain" is a book that I have returned to again and again over the past few months -- it's intense, it's deep, it's provocative, it's paradigm-shifting, and it requires thoughtful reading.
Who is the intended audience for this book? Psychoanalysts? Sure. Neuroscientists? Yes. Linguists? Perhaps. Cognitive Psychologists? Most definitely. Philosophers? Indeed. In short, individuals from a variety of fields and those simply interested in the human mind. (Check out the bibliography - as a mere sampling, you've got Aquinas, Aristotle, Bollas, Castoriadis, Changeux, Coleridge, Corballis, Damasio, Darwin, Descartes, Deutch, and I'm only up to the letter "D"!)
So what's the book about? To put it simply, it's about nothing less than what it MEANS to be human. Tapping current research from various disciplines, including theory of mind research, Dr. Modell has created a new syllabus for the study of the human mind. The breadth of knowledge presented in this book is unique and refreshing.
My one complaint: I wasn't thrilled with Modell's use of Freud's libido theory in the chapter, "The Corporeal Imagination," although Modell himself does point out that this theory is antiquated. Quoting Freud, "...When a child, unwillingly enough, comes to realize that there are human creatures who do not possess a penis, that organ appears to him as something detachable from the body and becomes unmistakably analogous to the excrement..."(p. 85). Please, I can't stand it, enough already!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2010
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I am a management scientist trying to understand decision making. My efforts have included readings on neural science that evidenced significant advancements in understanding the physical and biological properties of the mind. However, Modell offers an encompassing rational perspective how 'metaphor' describes the underpinnings of the mind. I found Modell's philosophical perspective to be a helpful in integrating the findings of other academics.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank and Annette Lachmann on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book but requires slow and careful reading - preferrably in a group of likeminded scholars. The ideas are compelling but it's not a page turner.
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