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SimplexitySimplifying Principles for a Complex World$
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Alain Berthoz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169348

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169348.001.0001

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The Spatial Foundations of Rational Thought

The Spatial Foundations of Rational Thought

(p.178) 12. The Spatial Foundations of Rational Thought

Alain Berthoz

Yale University Press

This chapter suggests that the neural bases of mental manipulation of spatial frames of reference (egocentric, allocentric, geocentric, heterocentric, near, and far) constitute the basis of rational thought, in particular, the human aptitude for geometry, reasoning, changing perspective, simultaneously processing different “points of view,” and contingent logic. Together with the brain, these neural bases also appear to enable emotions, interaction with others, intersubjectivity, and even empathy.

Keywords:   space, simplexity, rational thought, geometry, reasoning, perspective, logic, brain, emotions, empathy

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