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The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size

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As John Casti wrote, "Finally, a book that really does explain consciousness." This groundbreaking work by Denmark's leading science writer draws on psychology, evolutionary biology, information theory, and other disciplines to argue its revolutionary point: that consciousness represents only an infinitesimal fraction of our ability to process information. Although we are unaware of it, our brains sift through and discard billions of pieces of data in order to allow us to understand the world around us. In fact, most of what we call thought is actually the unconscious discarding of information. What our consciousness rejects constitutes the most valuable part of ourselves, the "Me" that the "I" draws on for most of our actions--fluent speech, riding a bicycle, anything involving expertise. No wonder that, in this age of information, so many of us feel empty and dissatisfied. As engaging as it is insightful, this important book encourages us to rely more on what our instincts and our senses tell us so that we can better appreciate the richness of human life.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 445-456) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

PART I: COMPUTATION Chapter 1: Maxwell's Demon

Chapter 2: Throwing Away Information

Chapter 3: Infinite Algorithims

Chapter 4: The Depth of Complexity PART II: COMMUNICATION Chapter 5: The Tree of Talking

Chapter 6: The Bandwidth of Consciousness

Chapter 7: The Bomb of Psychology

Chapter 8: The View from Within

PART III: CONSCIOUSNESS Chapter 9: The Half-Second Delay

Chapter 10: Maxwell's Me

Chapter 11: The User Illusion

Chapter 12: The Origin of Consciousness

PART IV: COMPOSURE Chapter 13: Inside Nothing

Chapter 14: On the Edge of Chaos

Chapter 15: The Nonlinear Line

Chapter 16: The Sublime

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140230123
Author:
Norretranders, Tor
Author:
Nrretranders, Tor
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Consciousness
Subject:
Human information processing
Subject:
Subconsciousness
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
#98-213
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7.90x5.10x1.05 in. .85 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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