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A Universe Of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Februar 2001


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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Basic Books; Auflage: Reprint (7. Februar 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0465013775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465013777
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,8 x 20,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (5 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 187.500 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Emily Dickinson wrote "The Brain--is wider than the Sky," and who can argue with that? Quoted by Nobel-winning scientist Gerald M. Edelman and his Neurosciences Institute colleague Giulio Tononi in A Universe of Consciousness, Miss Emily neatly explains the problem of conscious awareness, then ducks out of the way as the two scientists get to work solving it. Testable theories of consciousness are mighty lonely, as even the soberest mind can be driven to tears of madness pondering its own activity. Centuries of work by philosophers and psychologists like James and Freud have made little progress by starting with awareness and working backward to the brain; these days we have a secure enough base to try looking in the other direction and building a theory of the mind out of neurons.

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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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In this text, Nobel laureate in medicine, Gerald Edelman, and brain researcher, Giulio Tononi, draw on their research to show precisely how the brain creates conscious experience. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ryan Malloy am 20. Juni 2000
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This book is worthwhile mostly for the wealth of experimental data provided. Unfortunately, I think the authors often jump to conclusions that their evidence neither precludes nor proves. The most pervasive example of faulty logic is the central theme of the book. The authors provide evidence that consciousness is *associated* with vast, interconnected regions of the brain. When a person is aware of a stimulus, more neural areas are active than when he/she is not. From this, they conclude that consciousness *arises* from diverse neural areas in the brain. This is the key fault of the book--the authors do not differentiate between *association* and *origin*. Perhaps conscious activity that occurs in a small area of the brain promotes extracurricular activities elsewhere. Just because two events occur simultaneously does not mean one caused the other!
The authors describe their work as a "theory of consciousness"--completely misleading in another sense. Even if we were able to precisely understand what neural processes lead to consciousness, which neurons were involved, etc., the consciousness mystery still would not be solved. The most fascinating and mysterious question is "HOW do the neural processes lead to consciousness?" Uncovering the neural processes associated with consciousness is a great way to begin, perhaps the only way. However, to call the authors' work a "theory of consciousness" is absurd. Imagine a 18th century person able to view the modern automobile through timetravel. Suppose here were able to deduce that turning a key started the automobile, pushing the right pedal made it accelerate, etc. before he was forced to return to his time. Would his knowledge be a "theory of the automobile"?
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Worldreels am 22. Juni 2000
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The Authors ambitious attempt to carve their niche in the universe of consciousness was blighted by too much new jargon: dynamic core hypothesis, functional cluster, reentry, degeneracy and non representational memory. They seemed to be saying that the firing of neurons paints reality in the brain like an artist paints on a canvas. However, half of reality still lies hidden beneath the brain's view. One can't define their way to new discovery. This new terminology shows their impatience with what past neuroscientists have written (which I share), but it in no way moves us up the mountain.
Most of the book was mentally stimulating but the jargon in Part V, Untangling the Knot, became a hair ball that wouldn't cough up. By their own admission the knot would not come untied. It quickly gets tiresome to hear how brain image resolution has not advanced to the point of solving the neuron's place in unraveling consciousness. The book was thick with tautological niceties such as "consciousness is the ability of being conscious of being conscious." Their attempt to divide the subject into primary consciousness and higher order consciousness was equally arbitrary. For me, re-tieing the mind-body knot in a "less tangled form," didn't pull the little red wagon forward very much. Still the authors paved the way for genetic, sub-neuron investigations that may well untie the knot. There is a mountain to scale here and it does little good to pretend you are near the top. But yes, the hardcover was well worth its reasonable price.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Gabriella Sechi am 16. Juni 2000
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Fascinating book that approaches the analysis of consciusness from a scientific perspective. It is a rather difficult book to read, but if you persist, the last three chapters are exilarating. I recommend reading other books on this subject before tackling this new one. Damasio's latest book "The Feeling of What Happens" is a good preparation. It develops similar concepts that are useful to understand the brain as a complex system and consciousness as a process, as presented by Edelman and Tononi. After reading this book, I have been thinking about the glimpse of understanding I finally have of a problem that has been in the philosophical arena for so many years and now is entering the scientific investigation. This is a book that stimulates your intellectual craves, but....I was ready to stop reading after just a few chapters. The best part is the end.
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I am no expert in philosophy and will never be one, but after reading this book I was amazed as to what and how the mind works. The authors give you a look into how our thought process works. The book really gives you something to think about.
The authors try and in most of their arguments succeed in challenging conventional thinking and they put a new slant on the ways in which people's mind work. The book delves deep into the ways in which our brain functions.
Most of what this book talks about was a little over my head, however after reading it over again I was able to come away with an fresher understanding of the concepts of my thinking and thought process.
What the authors convey in this book is new research and they are able to go beyond what others have learned. They in turn have given the scientific community new areas to explore in terms of thoughts, emotional responses and the mental capacity of people. Overall a very good book.
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