The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World

The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World

by Colin Mcginn
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The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World by Colin Mcginn


In recent years the nature of consciousness—our immediately known experiences—has taken its place as the most profound problem that science faces. Now in this brilliant and thoroughly accessible new book Colin McGinn takes a provocative position on this perplexing problem. Arguing that we can never truly "know" consciousness—that the human intellect is simply not equipped to unravel this mystery—he demonstrates that accepting this limitation in fact opens up a whole new field of investigation. In elegant prose, McGinn explores the implications of this Mysterian position—such as the new value it gives to the power of dreams and introspection—and challenges the reader with intriguing questions about the very nature of our minds and brains.

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ISBN-13: 9780465014231
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/26/2000
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 282,511
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)

About the Author


Colin McGinn is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is author of several books, including The Character of the Mind; Moral Literacy; Minds and Bodies: Philosophers and Their Ideas; Ethics, Evil, and Fiction; and Mental Content.

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The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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After you get to the 25th page of this book you will have to pause for a moment to wonder why it is that you can actually wonder. It is a beautifully written journey which explores the ideas of conciousness and how we produce it on different levels.