Review of Ecology of the Brain: The Phenomenology and Biology of the Embodied Mind

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Thomas Fuchs (2018) presents an ecological view of the mind and brain embedded in the relation of the living organism and its environment. The brain, as a dynamic organ of mediation, transformation, and resonance, is conceived as a plastic system of open loops from which structures of the mind are developmentally imprinted through dispositions of neural activity and repeated experience. Fuchs argues that the primary locus of self-awareness is the body itself and basal consciousness, which direct the person’s higher level integration with his or her environment. Neuroscience largely ignores the person as an autopoietic, embodied, enactive, and intersubjective being. In Fuchs’ paradigm, the brain is a window to the mind, structured by the mind itself with implications for etiology, diagnosis, and treatment in psychiatry and psychological medicine.

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