Enchanted Looms: Conscious Networks in Brains and Computers

Enchanted Looms: Conscious Networks in Brains and Computers

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by Rodney Cotterill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521794625

ISBN-13: 9780521794626

Pub. Date: 01/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The title of this book was inspired by a passage in Charles Sherrington's Man on his Nature. When that famous physiologist died in 1952, the prospects for a scientific explanation of consciousness seemed remote. Enchanted Looms shows how the situation has changed dramatically, and provides what is probably the most wide-ranging account of the phenomenon ever…  See more details below

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The title of this book was inspired by a passage in Charles Sherrington's Man on his Nature. When that famous physiologist died in 1952, the prospects for a scientific explanation of consciousness seemed remote. Enchanted Looms shows how the situation has changed dramatically, and provides what is probably the most wide-ranging account of the phenomenon ever written.

Rodney Cotterill bridges the gap between the bottom-up approach to understanding consciousness, anchored in the brain's biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, and the top-down strategy, which concerns itself with behaviour and the nervous system's interaction with the environment. The author argues that an explanation of consciousness is now at hand, and extends the discussion to include intelligence and creativity.

This beautifully written and illustrated book will be valued for its easy access to one of science's last great challenges. It will change forever our view of consciousness, and our concept of the human being.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521794626
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
524
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.06(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1Introduction
2The ultimate black box
3Under the lid
4Games neurons play
5Lasting impressions
6From percept to concept
7The grand design
8The first half second
9Midwives of reflection
10The depth of reason
11The message and the medium

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