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Brain states: In philosophy, "brain state" refers to the specific configuration and activity of neurons and synapses at a given moment, corresponding to mental experiences and functions. See also Brain, Thinking, Consciousness, Experiences.<
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Chris Frith on Brain/Brain State - Dictionary of Arguments

I 12
Brain/brain research/Frith: brain research is the examination of the structure by measuring the energy that the brain consumes.
I 59
Brain/consciousness/Frith: brain scanners showed that an object can cause a change in brain activity without the person being aware of it (in the Amygdala).
I 61
Thesis: "Our brain does not tell us everything it knows."
I 88
Brain/Frith: thesis: "My brain can get along easily without me".
I 89
It can initiate actions that are not the ones that you consider appropriate.
I 90/91
Brain/Frith: our brain does not tell us when our body moves differently than we have intended (for normal people).
I 131
Brain/world/Frith: thesis: the brain embeds us into the world and conceals the world from us at the same time.
I 149
Building Block/basic building block/brain/neuron/Cajal/Frith: the basic building block of the brain is the neuron, the nerve cell with all its extensions. Reason: the extensions grow out of the cells and approach the extensions of other cells, but never unite with them.
I 242
Brain/Frith: the brain works like science: it designs ever better models that are tested and improved.
I 246
I/self/Frith: thesis: the "I" is created by my brain.
>I, >Self, >Subject.
I 249
Isolation/Frith: isolation is bad for people and for brains.
I 250
Communication/Frith: in communication you should always examine two brains at the same time.
I 251
Homunculus/Frith: it is a common mistake to assume a smaller brain inside the brain.
Part/parts/brain/Frith: nevertheless the brain consists of parts, because there are actions that we can regret.
>Emotion, >Actions.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Frith I
Chris Frith
Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World, Hoboken/NJ 2007
German Edition:
Wie unser Gehirn die Welt erschafft Heidelberg 2013

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