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We Know It When We See It

We Know It When We See It

What the Neurobiology of Vision Tells Us About How We Think

A pioneering researcher offers a sweeping account of vision and the clues it holds to some of neuroscience’s biggest mysteries

Spotting a face in a crowd is so easy, you take it for granted. But how you do it is one of science’s great mysteries. And vision is involved with so much of everything your brain does. Explaining how it works reveals more than just how you see. In We Know It When We See It, Harvard neuroscientist Richard Masland tackles vital questions about how the brain processes information — how it perceives, learns, and remembers — through a careful study of the inner life of the eye.

Covering everything from what happens when light hits your retina, to the increasingly sophisticated nerve nets that turn that light into knowledge, to what a computer algorithm must be able to do before it can be called truly “intelligent,” We Know It When We See It is a profound yet approachable investigation into how our bodies make sense of the world.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Science / Life Sciences / Neuroscience

On Sale: March 10th 2020

Price: $25.98 / $32.98 (CAD)

ISBN-13: 9781549184352

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"How do we recognize a face in a crowd? Starting with this question, Masland teaches us not only how we see but how we think and remember. Step by step, he paints a picture of the brain as a dynamic, wide-ranging coalition of nerve nets. This picture provides striking parallels with artificial intelligence and highlights the remarkable adaptability, creativity, and resilience of the brain."—Susan R. Barry, author of Fixing My Gaze and professor emeritus of neuroscience and behavior, Mount Holyoke College
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