- Series: MIT Press
- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: A Bradford Book; Reprint edition (March 7, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262621630
- ISBN-13: 978-0262621632
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyone interested in new ways of thinking about organization of the brain would do well to give it a look.(Ilya Farber Nature)
I of the Vortex is an exciting book, full of imagination, fit for the well-educated lay reader.(Edgar Garcia-Rill Forum)
Rodolfo Llinas...offers this compelling synthesis of neurology, from the function of the neuron to the workings of the mind.(Science Books & Films)
Using a lively, discursive writing style, Llinas argues that the self is the center of prediction and arises in the motor systems of the brain. A myriad of neuroscience and comparative physiology facts support the fascinating and provocative hypothesis of this book.(J. Allan Hobson, Director, Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School)
About the Author
Rodolfo R. Llinás is the Thomas and Susanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at the New York University School of Medicine.
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For me the book was remarkable for its honest, rigorous approach--Llnas does not shrug away the qualia problem--he does not claim (like many others) to have an explanation for it. Nonetheless, his thoughts on how the brain may be creating a framework within which the solution to the qualia problem lies, is, to put it in one word, remarkable! Just the chapter on qualia was for me, worth the price of admittance.
The other remarkable thing about this book is how Llias idea of consciousness (centralization of voluntary motoricity) does not just give us the evolutionary reason why it arose (to a computer scientist like me, standard explanations for the evolutionary benefits of consciousness just do not cut it, I do believe a non-conscious entity can, in theory, do all that humans do and more!). Also, this centralization of voluntary motoricity matches with uncanny exactness, the state of "pure consciousness" described in ancient literature such as the Vedanta's Mandukya Upanishad.
It is a pity this book (and Dr. Llinas) haven't attained the "rock star" status that other lesser neuroscientists seem to have reached--I accidentally stumbled on his book, and I thank my stars that I read it!
Llinas' "I of the Vortex" is somewhat technical and can be difficult-to-read but I soon found it to be an excellent material on the subjects. I think the author did a nice job with an introduction of neuroscience basics for those of us with a little understanding of scientific background (like me!) and eased us into an understanding how our consciousness could be a result of our neuronal activities of our brains and development of our sense of "self."
I found it to be an intriguing read and a great additional to our understanding of neuroscience, however basic.
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