The Universal Mind Hypothesis [NOOK Book]

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Is there afterlife? What is the purpose of our existence? Can computers and robots be conscious, and wake up one day to ask this very same question? This book is an intriguing exploration on the nature of the conscious mind. If there is afterlife, it is not the kind of afterlife people usually think of. These are all related to the question of why we are not p-zombies. Strange? Read on...
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The Universal Mind Hypothesis

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Overview

Is there afterlife? What is the purpose of our existence? Can computers and robots be conscious, and wake up one day to ask this very same question? This book is an intriguing exploration on the nature of the conscious mind. If there is afterlife, it is not the kind of afterlife people usually think of. These are all related to the question of why we are not p-zombies. Strange? Read on...
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011119767
  • Publisher: KL Books
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 96,834
  • File size: 575 KB

Meet the Author

Kar Lee received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington. After a two-year post-doctoral research appointment in a national accelerator laboratory in Virginia, he left the world of fundamental physics research for industry. Since then, he has been in various technical, managerial, and consulting positions in technology and product development. Science and philosophy, particularly that of the mind, are his life long passions.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I am the author of this book. The anonymous "wow" reader is probably referring to the free beta test version of this book, which did contain some editing problems. This premium edition should be much more readable and much improved.

    The reason of writing this book is to set modern science as we understand it in a collision course with the philosophy of consciousness. The role of the observer in the actualization of this world is a critical piece in quantum mechanics, and this question is exhaustively addressed in "Quantum Engima: Physics encounters Consciousness" by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kutner. Their book is used as textbook in some college level classes. Stephen Hawking also touches upon this observer issue in his latest book "The Grand Design", in which he says, quoted somewhat out of context here, "We create history by our observation, rather than history creating us." (p. 140)

    No matter whether we created history or history created us, the big question is who are we? What is a conscious observer? Is it the brain, or it is something else? That brings us to the famous mind-body problem of Descartes': how does the brain interact with the mind? Or does it? The Hard Problem (Google it if you have never heard of it) of the philosophy of mind can be summarized in this simple statement "It is very hard to understand how consciousness can be created out of mechanical parts moving around as this is what machines, including our brains, do."

    This book provides a detailed look at this problem, and show what kind of mistaken image people have when thinking about afterlife. It is definitely not like sitting with a guy with white beard on the cloud. So, if you are interested in this kind of deep questions, you should check it out. In fact, you can go to Smashwords, the original hosting website, to read half of the book for free before deciding whether you should come back to Barnes and Noble to download the entire book into your Nook.

    I, as the author, highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    A note from the author: This book's title has been changed from

    A note from the author:
    This book's title has been changed from "Where are the zombies?" to the current "The Universal Mind Hypothesis" so that readers will not confuse it with other books on *regular zombies*. Comments from readers on the original book still apply.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Interesting.

    As I sit outside writing this review, I find that the questions asked by the author and the answers given have revealed to me things about the world and the mind/brain relationship that I never even thought about. Now don't get me wrong, I've thought about some of those questions in my life, I just never heard answers like what this book offers before. It feels more and more like I have a purpose in this life beyond the norm. Though, a lot of people probably (Oxymorons, away!) think the same way along with me. Now on to my "rants"

    I think in the beginning the author was off to a good start but then seemed to get stuck on just one idea of why the mind exists the way it does. Instead of just the theory on the Universal Mind, I think, personally, that all the minds (Or souls) are preordained to be born into the life that they live in. I also think that where all "souls" start and eventually arrive at is some kind of "Soul Repository" that houses them when they don't have a corporeal vessel. Though I may be wrong in this matter, I feel more at ease knowing that there is more to us that the physical sum of our parts.

    A review, by Flax of Bellum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    WOW

    After reading prior reviews, I thought other readers were possibly being petty and over-critical in their comments about the poor grammar.
    They were NOT! I honestly could not get past the first couple pages.....it's that bad. I even made the assumption that english is not Dr. Lee's native tongue and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but regardless of language issues, this book should not have been published in this state.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    good read

    The book is very interesting and pleasing to read. It gives you a lot to think about however, the book misses a few important details of the why and how criteria. Being the book was free I too felt the price was right and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Interesting Ideas could use a little more polish

    I liked "Where are All the Zombies". In the book the author poses a serious question. What is consciousness for? It seems that as biologhical creatures we don't really need consciousness to survive or build a civilizztion. We could get by as Zombies. Why does qualia exist. Since experience and qualia are central to ourselves as individuals and is "observer" in observational science this question strikes at the heart of human life.
    The book has some flaws. I don't believe the author gives adequate evidence that the brain somehow uses quantum mechanics in creating consciousness (ala Penrose) or that conscious AI is impossible. The writing could be cleaned up a bit also. I however think the book was enjoyable and provided much food for thought and being free I certainly thought the price was right.

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