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to get inside your head: Time Parks selects the most intelligent books on the mind books.
Humanity thought about awareness from the time the thought became possible. What is the way the underworld is? So, to navigate within writing, it is not a poor concept to subdivide the area into those who think that awareness is everything inside the human being, those who say it affects our own bodies and things we deal with, and those who say that our experiences are exterior - one with the things we have been through.
They can return to Galileo in The Assayer and tell us that color, scent and flavor exists only within us, or again, Descartes in his mediations that decide that thinking, awareness and self-confidence are not natural matter associated with the bodily universe through the vertebral body at the bottom of the mind.
A great benefit of interiorism is that when awareness is radicaly separated from the outside realm, one can conceive that it will finally fly into the sky or be loaded into a computer. To have an easily readable sample of current spelling, try David Eagleman's The Brain: There' s a lot of amazing information about the complexities of our 85 billion neurosons and what they plan to do when we see this or that, the so-called neuronal corresponlates of the conscious.
The Consciousness of Christof Koch: The confession of a romanticized reduction technician states that we are our own minds and that the awareness of the "wiring" and activities of the minds will ultimately allow us to know what a human being thinks by investigating the mindsactivities. Giulio Tononi tries to illustrate how this cabling becomes an adventure in the somewhat fantastic Phi:
Journey from brain to soul. It is his belief that awareness is created when an exceptional degree of networking brings forth something new and special, which is referred to as "integrated information". He does not say why this should be the case, but the author's decision to limit the author's experiment to the number of neurones and synapses is alluring.
On the way to an appreciation of awareness, an evolving vision of awareness is building up as something that has evolved thanks to their "deliberate" examination of the realm, a phenomena that has become immeasurably stronger in man through the discovering of speech, he thinks. The best books I have ever been reading are Andy Clark's Supersiting the Mind:
Embodying, Action and Cognitive Expansion, and W Teed Rockwell's Neither Mind nor Spirit: A Nondualist Alternative to Mind-Brain Identity Theory. He is all the more careful because he mixes the concept of a mental image with the concept that the things and memorabilia we use - laptops, computer, telephones - become part of our unconscious.
There is no "magic threshold," he bravely explains, between the human being and the outside universe; the awareness of an entity cannot be detached from it. He vigorously disavows why awareness and the universe are one, denying that there is something in the mind other than neurones and electrical chemistry; the life experiences are outside, one with the objects as they are, thanks to the present of our physical being and also of our neurones.
- Tim Parks's Out of My Head : On the Trail of Consciousness wird von Harvill Secker veröffentlicht.