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The New Science of Consciousness: Exploring the Complexity of Brain, Mind, and Self

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This book explains in layperson's terms a new approach to studying consciousness based on a partnership between neuroscientists and complexity scientists. The author, a physicist turned neuroscientist, outlines essential features of this partnership. The new science goes well beyond traditional cognitive science and simple neural networks, which are often the focus in ...more
ebook, 374 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Prometheus Books
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
I like that this book is agnostic and exploratory and doesn't commit to a position on consciousness and the hard problem when in reality we don't know the answer. It lays out some of the current ideas and some interesting neuroscience and some fun speculation but its tentative agnostic feel is much appreciated. Sometimes you want to hear from a partisan but sometimes you appreciate a disinterested observer. It has some interesting ideas which are shown but it isn't arguing for any particular ...more
Yates Buckley
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essential, technical
The book is far from perfect but is great:
- grandly dismisses many philosophical problems
- has opinionated and belittling attitude toward some competing views of consciousness
- badly written, unclear sentences, simple language
- example metaphors and personal stories that are not really interesting

But... on the other hand this is now one of my preferred texts in the popularisation of Consciousness Science, because:
- the author leaves the door open for alternatives and takes a non dogmatic tone
Apoorv Mathur
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit convoluted and recursive - not unlike the topic.
Stephen Cranney
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little (okay, a lot) technical for us amateurs.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Surprisingly bereft of information or elucidation on the subject it it purports to cover.
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