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I of the Vortex: From Neurons to Self

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In I of the Vortex, Rodolfo Llinas, a founding father of modern brain science, presents an original view of the evolution and nature of mind. According to Llinas, the mindness state evolved to allow predictive interactions between mobile creatures and their environment. He illustrates the early evolution of mind through a primitive animal called the sea squirt. The mobile ...more
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Published April 2nd 2001 by MIT Press (MA)
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J
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Teasers:

The "sea squirt" eating its own brain.

The evolutionary development of a nervous system is an exclusive property of actively moving creatures.

Prediction is the ultimate function of the brain. Prediction and control of movement.

Intentionality: Prediction must have a goal.

"Self" is the centralization of prediction.


I should have had this book two decades ago when reading Merleau-Ponty's "Phénoménologie de la perception" and discussing the Cartesian pineal gland... yep.

Good read !
Miriam
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of neurology
Shelves: sciences
Every summer from 2002 until 2005, I started to read this book. Every summer I understood more and more of it, and every summer I became even more determined to finish it. I finally finished it right before going off to college, and I am glad that I stuck it out.

I won't try to summarize the book, but here is my favorite quotation from it: "We are all dreaming machines constructing virtual models of the real world."
Patrick
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
JDN 2456579 PDT 11:54.

While there are some very interesting ideas in this book, Llinas is not very good at conveying them. He talks around the subject instead of through it, he is very bad at explaining difficult ideas, and he dramatically overestimates the level of jargon the average reader will understand. Yes, I can understand when you say "caudate nucleus" and "sinusoidal", but I studied neuroscience.

Perhaps it is my own temperament; I was never very interested in the fine mechanical questi
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Rodolfo Llinás es una de las mentes más brillantes, si es que no es la más, que ha producido Colombia. Este señor es un bogotano nacido en 1934 y es una de las personas más influyentes y reconocidas en el campo de la neurociencia a nivel mundial. Ha recibido infinidad de premios y reconocimientos por su trabajo científico, como el Ragnar Granit de 2013 otorgado por el instituto Nobel y la medalla Einstein de 1991 otorgada por la Unesco, para solo mencionar dos de ellos. Desde hace ya varios años ...more
Tom Quinn
Reads like a textbook. Did not finish.
Ivonne
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I read this book twice, it's really worth it. It is a technical book but combines the philosophy and science. You will learn a little about your senses and diseases.
Gloria Elena .
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los mejores libros que he leido.
El cerebro, su evolución en diferentes especies y en los humanos. Sumamente interesante, aunque tiene dos capitulos un poquito pesados, pero vale la pena!
Ciencia con un poquito de filosofía.
Alexi Parizeau
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a "wine cellar" of fine books that I save for special evenings, and this was one of the most precious in my collection. It does not disappoint!

[First Reading: July 7, 2015]
Patricia Diaz
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brain, ai
I've read this book several times always with the same sense of joy and wonder
DJ
Jul 14, 2010 marked it as to-read
A speculative book on the neural roots of consciousness that actually receives citation in respectable publications? [Strokes beard:] Hmmm...
Mark
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Slow going but worth the journey.
Laurent  Groove
Sabiendo lo mucho que me apasiona este tema del cerebro,me metí a leer Llinas, toda una experiencia, el libro no es fácil de leer y tiene capítulos hay que volver a leer, es un libro bastante completo repleto de bibliografía. Llinas nos cuenta la evolución del cerebro a través de la historia, y nos cuestiona sobre la mente y el “yo mismo”, es un libro que abre muchas preguntas, muchas no las responde pero da los conceptos para que uno se responda según sus creencias, pues como sabemos Llinas es ...more
Ernesto Díaz
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Libro fascinante. Ciencias Naturales, Filosofía y humor fino bogotano. Las dificultades para legos en Física y Química no impiden disfrutar y entender los conceptos básicos planteados por el autor. La idea sobresaliente, entre muchas otras importantes, es que el cerebro es un sistema cerrado. Esta idea me ayudó a comprender mejor cómo puede producirse una alucinación, hasta convertirse en una pesadilla esquizofrénica. Aunque suene raro, este libro es recomendable hasta para quienes gustan de la ...more
Juan Almonacid
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Se puede describir la actividad cerebral como tormentas eléctrica “autocontroladas”, o como el pionero de la neurociencia, Charles Sherrington decía, “un telar encantado”.

- La mente es codimensional con el cerebro y lo ocupa todo, hasta sus más recónditos repliegues. Pero al igual que las tormentas eléctricas, la mente no representa simultáneamente todas las posibles tormentas, sino sólo aquéllas que son isomorfas (o sea que coinciden con la representación del mundo externo) con el estado del
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Juan García
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imaginé que sería un ladrillo pero terminé enamorándome del cerebro, si bien el libro empieza con velocidad no hay que desistir porque al ir llegando al final todo va cobrando sentido. Para ser un libro de neurociencia es muy equilibrado gracias a que tiene buen contexto, pero para empezar por lo menos hay que creer en la teoría evolutiva, sino ni pierda el tiempo porque la evolución es el suelo de esta gran obra.
Andrés Velásquez
Increíble. Este libro demuestra que las humanidades, si en verdad quieren conocer al hombre, deben aceptar lo que las ciencias ponen a disposición mediante el estudio, en este caso, del cerebro y de la mente (pomo subproducto). No es un libro fácil pero tampoco es totalmente incomprensible. Lo que es cierto es que es un libro iluminador sobre el yo, la mente y el cuerpo
Leonardo
Jul 10, 2019 marked it as to-keep-reference
Shelves: neurociencia
Comentado en Musicofilia. ...more
Andrés
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Un libro de divulgación científica muy centrado y preciso en argumentar la hipótesis: la actividad mental es actividad fisiológica del cerebro. Expone arduamente la fisiología que subyace a la función cerebral. Ofrece una perspectiva distinta en cómo concebir lo mental, apretándose de viejos dualismo desgastados. Su lugar privilegiado en las neurociencias, le permite sustentar con solidez científica que la predicción es la función más importante de la actividad cerebral, en la que el sí mismo es ...more
Shay Sellers
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Camilo Guerra
cuando se habla de Neurología, uno se tiene que acomodar a un sacudón creencias y formas de ver el mundo,sobre todo si es de la mano de Llinas.

-Ladrilludo en unos puntos, pero anecdotico y entretenido en escencia, y eso que el tema no es facil.

-¿donde esta la mente', ¿en el cerebro?, ¿en as neuronas?, el libro no te lo cuenta pero te da herramientas para hacer una idea de por donde podrían ir las osas.

-Somos lo que somos porque el cerebro nunca deja de predecir.Tan simple como es.

-La frase: El h
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Henry Gómez
Libro muy interesante y complejo, valdría la pena leerlo varias veces
Toon Pepermans
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
not so well written, but with some very interesting ideas
José
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buen libro. Perspectivas interesantes.
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Rodolfo R. Llinás is the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman of the department of Physiology & Neuroscience at the NYU School of Medicine. He went to the Gimnasio Moderno school and received his MD from the Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá in 1959 and his PhD in 1965 from the Australian National University working under Sir John Eccles. Llinás has published over 500 scien ...more

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