Though Edelman and Tononi do make a good effort to help out the lay reader, ultimately A Universe of Consciousness is aimed at the interdisciplinary gang of scientists and academics trying to understand our shared but invisible experience. The first sections of the book cover the basic philosophical, psychological, and biological elements essential to their theory. Swiftly the authors proceed to define terms and concepts (even the long-abused term complexity gets a reappraisal) and elaborate on these to create a robust, testable theory of the neural basis of consciousness. Following this hard work, they consider some ramifications of the theory and take a close look at language and thinking. This much-needed jump-start is sure to provoke a flurry of experimental and theoretical responses; A Universe of Consciousness might just help us answer some of the greatest questions of science, philosophy, and even poetry. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If this is the case the neural processes underlying the conscious experience must also be highly differentiated and informative.
Although the authors recognize that there is still awfully much tot do, their analyses and hypotheses are a big step forward in our understanding of consciousness.
This book has a broad appeal not only to those interested in neuroscience but also to those interested in philosophy, history, and art.
Although the true nature of consciousness may be as elusive as ever, Edelman & Tononi make a compelling case for it arising as a 'dynamic core' of integrated neural responses to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. H. Page
It is redundant the admiration suscited by the Reading of one more of yours writings, and this opens news ideas about the interaction among consciousness and imagination.Published 5 months ago by Antonio Sapienza
I first read Edelman's "Bright Air Brilliant Fire" sometime around 1990; at that time I was beginning to change my "search for the meaning of 'Truth'" from studying... Read morePublished 10 months ago by "Suttle Fox"
Finally, presented here, is an alternative (actually a solution) to the mind/brain hard problem. Edelman and Tononi posit that consciousness is not a separate entity from the... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by MokuDo Taobul
I found the book interesting and appreciated the attention given to the neural circuit of the cortex-thalamus- and various subsystems (especially the basil ganglia). Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by barryb
If you're looking for the most comprehensive work on the state of neuroscience as it relates to the question of how matter generates mind, this is it. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Koyaanisqatsi
I have not read this book (even though the title initially interested me) but just reading the subtitle "How Matter Becomes Imagination" is about 'backward thinking', since the way... Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Dean G Allen, PhD