Physical Intelligence: How the Brain Guides the Body Through the Physical World

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Elegantly written and deeply grounded in personal experience--reminiscent of works by Oliver Sacks--this book gives us a clear, illuminating examination of action intelligence, the fundamental relationship between the physical world and the mind.

Using behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience as a lens, Scott Grafton accounts for the workings and the design of the action-oriented brain, bringing to light the action intelligence inherent in all of us and which is always busy solving problems of physicality: Ever wonder why you don't walk into walls or off cliffs? How do you decide if you can drive through a snowstorm? How high are you willing to climb up a ladder to change a lightbulb? Grafton draws from the insights and discoveries of engineers who have learned to emulate the sophisticated solutions that Mother Nature created for managing incredibly complex behavior, and demonstrates the relevance of action intelligence with examples that each of us might face, whether it be in the mundane (walking down the street), in the exceptional (winning a foot race), in the extreme (walking to the South Pole), or in the impaired (walking with a limp).

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  • Ameya Warde

    Seriously? A whole chapter talking about the attention network and attention/vigilance, and uses stroke victims and monkeys as examples, while mentioning ADHD in a few sentences saying that inattentiv...

  • Armen Shirvanian

    I had once read "Social Intelligence" "Emotional Intelligence", and "Ecological Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman, and "Physical Intelligence" continues the set in the domain of body/mind connection and...

  • Khadija

    This was a good book for those interested in why and how we move the way we do, but who don't also want to read a textbook to find out. The author describes some studies that have brought us to our cu...

  • Jeff Morello

    As AI powered robots become more common, Scott Grafton has written a fascinating book detailing the extraordinary complex algorithms the brain performs to allow humans to move throughout the world. Wh...

  • Scott

    Scott Grafton’s book Physical Intelligence explains how the brain and detailed aspects of it center our movements in space. Grafton explains fascinating empirical facts as to how a top ranked tennis...

  • Ken Mattes

    A wonderfully woven story of various threads of information and knowledge regarding how the brain and body interact at a “systems level” relationship.The backbone ofThe story is told by a neurosci...

  • Michaela

    Very interesting how our bodies move based on our brain's functions and how it can be tricked. Also weird asides as to how belly-dancers' abdominal muscles are salamander-derivative and how frightenin...

  • Adnan Khaleel

    It’s a decent book on the subject matter, but I really wish the author spent more time writing about physical intelligence, rather than just talk about it in an analagous sense with his hiking trip ...

  • Dawn Rupert

    Maybe I expected too much from this book or maybe I am just not smart enough to understand it. I enjoy hiking and have studied Neuroscience so I thought this book would be right up my alley. However, ...

  • Alison

    I enjoy pop-science books and that is exactly what it is. I thought it was really well written at an accessible level. The author clearly enjoys hiking and the outdoors but peppered in those stories i...