on June 8, 2010
If you are amazed, as I am, at the most ordinary of human experiences, and if you have been frustrated in your efforts, as I have, to understand the nature of such experiences, then you will appreciate this book.
The author applies scientific precision to investigate subjective human experience. He is able to refute misguided claims and explain what's really going on in our experience.
More importantly for me, he is able to locate where our experience occurs. This provides a crucial narrowing of focus to the actual processes involved. One learns what to examine intensely and what to exclude as irrelevant.
This evidence-based explanation provides the reader with the tools essential to evaluating the often contradictory claims made about human consciousness, most especially the phenomenological claims. This book does not advocate unscientific phenomenology.
on November 7, 2015
We used this book in our class for consciousness studies together with the author whom also happens to be our professor. First off I want to say that this book is great as an introduction and you do not need any prior knowledge about consciousness.
The book itself is mainly unbiased, Revonsuo states his own opinions in the very last chapter (conclusion). The book offers a great deal of explanations to different kinds of issues which makes it all easy to understand. Furthermore, Revonsuo has actually managed to throw in some witty humor, which at least I appreciated.
If your looking to get a broad understanding of consciousness than this is your book. Abstract and more in depth concepts are covered to some extent.
Great read, definitely a top book for me! 5/5!