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Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega’s Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject is a fine-grained account of the “neuro-” in a range of disciplines, and, importantly––crucially––, takes stock of the history and scope of this prefix. But more than this the book is an exploration, a critical engagement with the surge of brain-centered approaches to behavior, to physiology, to mind, to subjectivity, to art and creative enterprises and products––Being Brains is an invaluable appraisal of where those waves (many waves, different waves) crash and what they at times wash away. Vidal and Ortega ask (simply, provocatively), “How did the idea that humans are essentially their brains become thinkable?” (1)
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