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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Scattered, but Overall Quite Good, Worth the Read, August 15, 2012
This review is from: Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this book. It was very absorbing and went fast, I bought it on Saturday, read it by Monday. I'd have to say that the author chose a very interesting style. You are following around Galileo in one of his dreams while he is exploring the idea of consciousness with various characters. This book can get very deep, very stimulating, sometimes intense and disturbing. The main idea is this concept of "phi", which is the amount of integrated information held by the brain, with consciousness a sort of maximum of this integrated information. I can't say I fully understood it by the end of it, and sometimes I get the feeling that neither did the author, as by the end of the book he was burying his concept in a lot of seemingly meaningless fluff that was rather frustrating to try and decipher. However, despite the fact that the idea might be not as rigid and rigorous as one would hope, I still very much enjoyed the experience of reading this book. It keeps you entertained with very visceral and visual scenes and many pieces of art per chapter. I would recommend this to anyone who was looking for a new book to read.
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