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Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness (edition 2005)

by Gerald Edelman

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Gerald Edelman describes how consciousness arises in complex brains and how it is related to evolution, to the development of self and to the origins of feelings, learning and memory. His theories offer a solution to the mind-body problem.
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Title:Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness
Authors:Gerald Edelman
Info:Yale University Press (2005), Paperback, 201 pages
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Mostly restates William James, doesn't really get anyplace. ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Mostly restates William James, doesn't really get anyplace. ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
This is an example of a Nobel prize opening doors that perhaps shouldn't have been - or at least the bouncer should have checked items at the door. As a popular science book, this really doesn't work. It is dry, jargon-laden, unstructured, repetitive, almost devoid of arguments for positions taken, and frankly so full of waffle that this is one of the longest short books I've ever read. And I'm a neuroscience researcher who knows lots about the field, so for a layperson the book must be even more of a disappointment, I fear. There are also two critical problems with the content: the first is Edelman's belief that conscious mental states have no causal role to play in the world. This is a reformulation of the philosopher Kim's view, but Kim's position is too black-and-white and overly pessimistic about science. The second critical problem is Edelman's bizarre view that the human brain is not a computer. His reasons are silly and this position is even more strange, given that he has recently published successful computer models of his theory! There are interesting and fashionable aspects of Edelman's overall views of consciousness, hidden away in here, but on the whole this book is poorly written and disappointing. ( )
1 vote RachDan | Jun 22, 2009 |
Very hard reading for constructivism class. ( )
  echen888 | Sep 22, 2007 |
This was a short but highly informative read. Though cursory in explanation and short in extensions, it explains a great deal about how our brains are structured in order to give rise to consciousness. Easily readable in a day, this book is great for introducing the recent developments and paradigms in cognitive neuroscience to a student or laymen interested in testing the waters before diving in. ( )
1 vote Yiggy | Mar 10, 2007 |
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