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Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

by Scott Grafton

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Elegantly written and deeply grounded in personal experience--reminiscent of works by Oliver Sacks--this book gives us a clear, illuminating examination of action intelligence, the fundamental relationship between the physical world and the mind.

Using behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience as a lens, Scott Grafton accounts for the workings and the design of the action-oriented brain, bringing to light the action intelligence inherent in all of us and which is always busy solving problems of physicality: Ever wonder why you don't walk into walls or off cliffs? How you decide if you can drive through a snowstorm? How high you are willing to climb up a ladder to change a lightbulb? Grafton draws from the insights and discoveries of engineers who have learned to emulate the sophisticated solutions that Mother Nature created for managing incredibly complex behavior and demonstrates the relevance of action intelligence with examples that each of us might face, whether it be in the mundane (walking down the street), in the exceptional (winning a footrace), in the extreme (walking to the South Pole), or in the impaired (walking with a limp).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524747312
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 993,478

About the Author

SCOTT GRAFTON holds the Bedrosian Coyne Presidential Chair in Neuroscience at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is director of the UCSB Brain Imaging Center, and codirector at the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, which draws on bio-inspiration and innovative bioengineering solutions for both nonmedical and medical challenges posed by the defense and medical communities. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and specialty training in neurology and nuclear medicine. He is an avid alpinist with many high-altitude ascents and wilderness meanderings, but he makes his home in Santa Barbara.