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Andy Kaufman: Wrestling with the American Dream Paperback – December 25, 2005
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I'm a big fan of Andy Kaufman. Some of Kaufmans work was fascinating because of its weirdness and originality. Some of what he did was just hilarious in an out there comedic way. Kaufman wasn't just weird. He really was very funny.
Florian Keller's book is not just another "Tao of Kaufman", not merely another anxious new age gathering of science about the skirts of wishful metaphysics. It combines some of the better points of both, though, to present two startling ideas. Keller's application of these two ideas is to weaving together the strange edges of `out there' reality, as described by modern quantum physics, with the quicksilver ghost in the machine, the `in there' of your consciousness. I've seen a few books that attempt this by basically claiming "it sure is spooky out there" and "its pretty strange in here" and using little more that wishful thinking to posit a link. Florian Keller does more.
The two ideas that Florian Keller's book startled me with can seem simple when stated - you may think you've already thought them. He builds a case for claiming that parts of the biochemistry of the brain are driven by processes, not at the level of chemistry, but at that of quantum physics. Along with this he proposes a mechanism for extending the magnitude of intra-brain communication between neurons to suggest a combinatorial explosion in the already dauntingly large number of possible connections and states in the brain.Read more ›