By A.G. Cairns-Smith
How will we reconcile Shakespeare's account of human habit and that of contemporary mind technological know-how? that is the critical query addressed by means of the famous Glasgow chemist A.G. Cairns-Smith during this provocative, witty, and hugely obtainable dialogue of wakeful know-how, unfastened will, and technology. Written in a conversational variety, Secrets of the Mind is not just a excellent advent for the final reader to the primary questions of recognition and mind technology, yet a contribution to answering a few of them. within the author's view, our emotions and sensations usually are not easily substitute descriptions of neural occasions yet have themselves developed and feature actual results within the mind in addition to actual reasons. In Secrets of the Mind we arrive at a imaginative and prescient of the realm because it may possibly become visible via a destiny technology. Sand, sea water, air, and the atoms from which such fabrics are made at the moment are good understood by way of technological know-how. those parts of our international, physicists and chemists let us know, are varied types of quantum strength. yet what of our own emotions, our sensations and feelings? technology tells us that those too needs to be sorts of quantum strength in the event that they developed. yet technology is simply starting to clarify how.
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Extra info for Secrets of the Mind: A Tale of Discovery and Mistaken Identity
This stan~ dard neuron activity looks more like the innermost workings of the Greater Self, which can be imagined as some kind of (unconscious) computer. The brain is often compared to a computer, but the con~ scious aspects of its activities-the Evanescent Self-if like a com~ puter at all would have a very different way of working. We will be discussing these ideas later on. In the meantime, it is not a bad first shot to say that the brain is a computer-if there is a list of ifs and buts to follow.
Most odd. Was it worth destroying my Christmas present just to be baffled? I think so. My curiosity was aroused, and by the time I came across a proper explanation of how Alexander Graham Bell's invention worked, I perhaps understood it all the better for having been so puzzled before ... But for this I had to know more about matter than just knowing about sounds and vibrations. As I now think about the puzzle of how the brain makes feelings, a question occurs to me: Is there a similarly deep misunderstanding about how the brain really works, rooted in a still inadequate knowledge of the nature of matter?
I think so. My curiosity was aroused, and by the time I came across a proper explanation of how Alexander Graham Bell's invention worked, I perhaps understood it all the better for having been so puzzled before ... But for this I had to know more about matter than just knowing about sounds and vibrations. As I now think about the puzzle of how the brain makes feelings, a question occurs to me: Is there a similarly deep misunderstanding about how the brain really works, rooted in a still inadequate knowledge of the nature of matter?