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More Required...but a decent start
on May 6, 2015
While I appreciate this topic and this writer's perspective, I have been spoiled by Steven Meyer's writing style. This author should have used that as his reference to discuss this very serious scientific topic. Scientific to INCLUDE philosophy and theology instead of the Reductionistic view of science: materialistic with numerous non-materialistic conclusions. He should have defined several topics: What is Self? What is Mind? What is Person? and he should have included a strong and well written out definition of Information! Steven Meyers gave a wonderful introduction to Information in "Signature in the Cell" and I never realized that Information is the Key to so many Science/Religion/Self/Person/Mind arguments. It is essential and paramount to understand what Information is, how it is transmitted, how it is inherent in a system, what is specified complexity and finally how information is processed, which brings us to the Mind.
This author should have spent chapters defining the Brain, it's "known" and verifiable functions as seen by neuroscience and then he should have shown through numerous RSME case studies, philosophy how the Brain acts on information and how the Mind acts on information. This approach would have shown how the Mind exhibits itself as a real "thing" that is NON-Materialistic. So, after reading Steven Meyers' writings, I am spoiled how a Philosopher of Science really sticks to the topic and lays the scientific and philosophical ground work when tackling a tough topic. This book is good but I have found it leaving me very very wanting.