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Brain Mystery Light and Dark: The Rhythm and Harmony of Consciousness

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Brain Mystery Light and Dark is an exciting tour with tentative answers of these ultimate questions that thinking human beings have been asking since the beginning of time.
–George Adelman, MIT

What is reality and what is illusion? In this very interesting book, Don Keyes draws on the one side from current research into the brain and on the other from traditional philosophies, to construct a unifie view of the world which will fully satisfy the claims of the material and the spiritual.
–Professor Emeritus John Macquarrie, University of Oxford.

This is a well-timed book in view of the plethora of works covering a clearly popular subject that draws from mathematics, through to pyschology and philosophy. A strength of Keyes' book is that it ranges from more theoretical, philosophical approaches through to an heroic attempt at presenting the neuroscience to the lay reader as well.
–Susan Greenfield, author of Journey to the Centers of the Mind and The Human Brain: A Guided Tour

The author brings together neurobiology and philosophy to examine consciousness.
Hastings Center Report

About the Author

Charles Don Keyes is Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University. He is the author of Foundations for an Ethic of Dignity (1989), Four Types of Value Destruction (1978), and God or Ichabod? (1973)).

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415180503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415180504
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,621,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Camara on April 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a weird book. I got it because I am intereste din consciousness studies, and in the reviews and summary it seemed to involve some things on scientific theories of consciousness, and brain science as well. But it turned out to be a really strange piece of philosphy. The author tries to put together Mcleans truine brain hypothesis with some Kantian moral philosophy and some PLatonist considerations. I know some Kant and PLato, but unfortunately almost no philosophy of music or aesthethics, and the book goes into these things. I have to say it is really confusing.
The book starts with the claim that materialism is true. Then it exposes the truine brain hypothesis, and extends it to explain some human morality. Afterwards there is a brief account of scientific theories of consciousness, involving mainly "resonance" and self-reference. Theories like Reentry (Edelman) or oscilation (Crick) and even quantum reduction (Penrose) are discussed, but not throughly nor interestingly. The author just points out that some theories involve self-reference, and somehow thinks that that is a key towards understanding the human condition.
Later, there appears talk on music and aesthetics. Somehow, the soul exists by symbolically (Kantian sense) aprehending aesthetics and PLatos "the good and the just". The author holds that this idea of the soul is compatible with materialism, and somehow links religion to aesthetic issues. This is by far the strangest part of the book. It is not clear to me why aesthethics should do all that, but of course one must remember that apparently here aesthethics are viewed with an objective existence, in a Platonian sense. Or maybe not, because there is talk of the neuronal bases of aesthetic experience. I just do not know. Maybe philosphers will like the book, or at any rate understand it better than I did. But it does not add anything of value (in my opinion) to consciousness studies.
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