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Library JournalNorretranders, the author of ten books on topics ranging from the environment to quantum mechanics, is a prominent Danish science writer, television host, and lecturer. This book, a best seller in Denmark and the first of Norretranders's books to be published in America, integrates key concepts from a variety of disciplines to demonstrate the limits of consciousness. According to Norretranders, humans are conscious of only a fragment of what they sense, think, or do. The conscious "I" (which operates on a lower bandwidth of information than the unconscious) is presented with an interpretation; unconscious information processing has already discarded much of the incoming information. In fact, it is the information-rich, nonconscious "Me" that determines much of our behavior; consciousness is an expedient self-delusion. To bolster his theory, the author cites research conducted on split-brain patients and incorporates a rich array of ideas from chaos theory to subliminal perception. He has a remarkable ability to engage and guide the reader through a series of complex, challenging concepts and to render his conclusions both reasonable and convincing. For larger public and academic libraries.
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