Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Author Bayne, Tim
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There is no denying that thinking comes naturally to human beings. But what are thoughts? How is thought realized in the
ain? Does thinking occur in public or is it a purely private affair? Do young children and non-human animals think? Is human thought the same everywhere, or are there
culturally specific modes of thought? What is the relationship between thought and language? What kind of responsibility do we have for our thoughts?

In this compelling Very Short Introduction, Tim Bayne looks at the nature of thought. Beginning with questions about what thought is and what distinguishes it from other kinds of mental states, he goes on to examine various interpretations of thought from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and
anthropology.

By exploring the logical structures of thought and the relationship between thought and other mental phenomena, as well as the mechanisms that make thought possible and the cultural variations that may exist in our thought processes, Bayne looks at what we know - and don't know - about our great
capacity for thought.

Table of Contents
1. What is thought?
2. The mechanical mind
3. The inner sanctum
4. Of
utes and babes
5. 'They don't think like we do'
6. Thought gone wrong
7. The ethics of thought
8. The limits of thought