The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning
the main purpose of consciousness is to search for and discover those structured chunks of information within working memory, so that they can then be used efficiently and automatically, with minimal further input from concsciousness.In other words, the purpose of consciousness is to find structures, so that in the future the information can ...more
The brain has four lobes which provide different services for us.
1. The Frontal lobe is obviously at the front of the head. It is the area re ...more
5 stars - a really good, condensed summary of key theories of consciousness from then to now and a very well-documented argument in favor of materialism, using contemporary findings to argue that consciousness is an emergent property of the brain's physical structure.
Bor makes a compelling case that whatever consciousness is, it is limited to the ...more
Bor explains his theory by starting from zero, ...more
The lasting information I got out of this book, however, was not of the theoretical models of conciousness but of the applications of technology to determine a person's state of conciousness and awareness.
I found it a well structured book with many examples which explained well the concepts underlying his argument.
(view spoiler)[Bor D (2012) (11:14) Ravenous Brain, The - How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning
01. Conceptual Conundrums of Consciousness – Philosophy
– technological telepathy
– philosophy versus science
– Descartes and the mind-body duality
– modernity arrives and ghosts leave
– the impen ...more
(For a long while I didn't understand what these toes are doing on the cover though)
The author looks at the relevant philosophy, evolution psychology and the recent neuroscience understandings to go a long way with explaining what is consciousness. H ...more
Advances in science and medicine seem to be moving that debate out of the purely philosophical realm and into the concrete world of measurement and quantitativeness (if that's a word, which spell-check says is not), so I was looking forward to reading up on the latest findings. However, after two weeks I've on...more
"the main purpose of consciousness is to search for and discover those structured chunks of information within working memory, so that they can then be used efficiently and automatically, with minimal furt ...more