Consciousness, mind, brain, self: the relations among these four entities are explored by German cognitive scientist and theoretical philosopher Metzinger, who argues that, in fact, there is no such thing as a self. In prose accessible mainly to those schooled in philosophy and science, Metzinger defines the ego as the phenomenal self, which knows the world experientially as it subjectively appear[s] to you. But neuroscientific experiments have demonstrated, among other things, that the unitary sense of self is a subjective representation: for instance, one can be fooled into feeling sensations in a detached artificial arm. So the author argues that the ego is a tunnel that bores into reality and limits what you can see, hear, smell and feel. Metzinger tests his theory by ranging over events of the consciousness such as out-of-body experiences, lucid dreaming and free will, and he concludes by probing ethical actions and what a good state of consciousness would look like. Most readers will have difficulty penetrating Metzinger's ideas, and those who do will find little that is genuinely new. (Apr.)
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Should be required reading in all colleges first year - psych, philosophy, anthropology, sociology - transcends them all and continues on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by thaiguy
much more readable/written for the layperson than Metzinger's other excellent work, "Being No One." I'm about halfway through this and totally enthralled. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ValueKilmer
This book seems aimed at laymen like me using research of neuro and cognitive scientists of the past 30 years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bohdan Hodiak
Well I really liked this book, I found it a far easier read than his other book "Being No One" which I thought was not an easy book for the layman to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by phil777
Not a light read, but not a purely academic dry read either. I found it highly stimulating, very intellectually challenging and yet still accessible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mikey P.
Having read several dozen books on consciousness, I agree with many other reviewers who say that this is one of the best. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tojagi
Metzinger's "The Ego Tunnel" is a curious exploration into the vagaries of neuroscience. I wanted to read the book because of it's premise: that the self, or the coagulation of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J from NY
I don't know if it is a translation problem or his attempt to integrate philosophy with neurolgy but this book is very difficult to read and understand. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lewis Tagliaferre