The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach
Born in 1956 in the American Midwest, Christof Koch grew up in Holland, Germany, Canada, and Morocco, where he graduated from the Lycée Descartes in 1974. He studied physics and philosophy at the University of Tübingen in Germany and was awarded his Ph.D. in biophysics in 1982. He is now the Lois and Victor Troendle Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Bio...more
A noble goal: to find the neural correlate of consciousness (NCC), the network of neurons to point to as where perception 'happens'. To a neuroscientist, this is probably a tremendous amount of review. To a non-neuroscientist, probably way more neurobio than can be absorbed. But he does well to try to rule out places where consciousness cannot be (in vision, retina, V1, for example), and hints at where it might be (in vision, inferotem ...more
Light entertaining read.