An examination of the arguments of prominent thinkers in the field of human consciousness, incorporating issues surrounding artificial intelligence and the afterlife. The thinkers include: Francis Crick; Gerald Edelman; Roger Penrose; Daniel Dennett; and Israel Rosenfield.
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For sheer intellectual brio, it would be hard to beat John R. Searle's The Mystery of Consciousness. Mr. Searle, a philosopher at Berkeley, casts a critical eye on recent attempts to solve the mind-body problem--how it is that the lump of gray meat in your skull produces consciousness--by eminent thinkers like Daniel Dennett, Roger Penrose and Francis Crick. Often he gives a clearer account of their ideas than can be found in their own books. With vigorous logic, he teases out the contradictions of dualism, materialism and computer-inspired "artificial intelligence," which denies the very existence of consciousness. For evidence to the contrary, he urges the reader to pinch himself--which is the only thing that might detract from the pleasure of this book. -- The Wall Street Journal, Jim Holt
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Descripción Granta Books, 1998. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P111862071225
Descripción Granta Books, 1998. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M1862071225