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Book Review: Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain-The Science of Neuroeconomics

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The book Decisions, Uncertainty, and the Brain: The Science of Neuroeconomics by Paul Glimcher attempts to outline the new science of neuroeconomics. As a new science it is suffering from a lack of theory to build a comprehensive association that fits the truckloads of data that have been pulled from both psychology and economics. At the very core of the science rests the neurological functions of the brain and how they impact theory.  The book provides strong details on stimulus-response based within reflexology. Furthermore, the work provides some historical discussion on the simple and complex behavior proposed by Rene Descartes and some of the philosophers that have led o the modern field of neuroeconomics. The book also discusses the concepts of survival of the fittest, reflexology, probability, game theory, brain games, economics and the resulting philosophical implications. The later part of the work is more devoted to the ill defined theory of neuroeconomics. The

Book Review: Descarte's Error by Antonio Demasio

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Descarte's Error by Neurologist Antonio R. Damasio delves deeply into the workings of the brain and the use of emotion to make decisions. He moves through concepts such as biological ethics, social norms, rational thinking, pre-frontal lobe damage, and finally into Descartes error. He digs into cognitive science to understand how the separation of body and mind was an error by one of the most famous philosophers of yesteryear. " I think, therefore I am " is an important saying of Descartes as he philosophized the nature of human life. Yet many seem to have forgotten his clarification a few lines below: " From that I knew that I was a substance, the whole essence or nature of which is to think, and that for its existence there is no need of any place, nor does it depend on any material thing; so that this "me", that is to say, the soul by which I am what I am, is entirely distinct from body, and is even more easy to know than is the latter; and even if