Wider Than the Sky

Wider Than the Sky

The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness

Book - 2004
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Yale University
How does the firing of neurons give rise to subjective sensations, thoughts, and emotions? How can the disparate domains of mind and body be reconciled? The quest for a scientifically based understanding of consciousness has attracted study and speculation across the ages. In this direct and non-technical discussion of consciousness, Dr. Gerald M. Edelman draws on a lifetime of scientific inquiry into the workings of the brain to formulate answers to the mind-body questions that intrigue every thinking person.
Concise and understandable, the book explains pertinent findings of modern neuroscience and describes how consciousness arises in complex brains. Edelman explores the relation of consciousness to causation, to evolution, to the development of the self, and to the origins of feelings, learning, and memory. His analysis of the brain activities underlying consciousness is based on recent remarkable advances in biochemistry, immunology, medical imaging, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology, yet the implications of his book extend fartherbeyond the worlds of science and medicine into virtually every area of human inquiry.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780300102291
Characteristics: xiii, 201 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Apr 16, 2017

A very efficiently written book on the scientific explanation of consciousness. Explains all the necessary basics. What I got out of it most: When an identical thought occurs twice, there is a degenerate nature to brain activity, meaning the firing pattern of neurons will never be the same. Discusses net entropy, remembered present, and much more. His explanations of qualia too are purely scientific (qualia are higher order discriminations, phenotypes) and upon consideration I see how it suffices. I enjoyed his explanations of the homunculus, zombie art critic.


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