The World in My Mind, My Mind in the World: Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals and Machines

The World in My Mind, My Mind in the World: Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals and Machines

by Igor Aleksander

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The World in My Mind, My Mind in the World: Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals and Machines by Igor Aleksander

Not consciousness, but knowledge of consciousness: that is what this book communicates in a fascinating way. Consciousness is the thread that links the disappearing gorilla with the octopus suffering from a stomach ache, and the person under anaesthetic with a new born baby. How these are different, yet illustrative, of consciousness is revealed in this accessible book by one of the world's leading thinkers and neural computing engineers. Igor Aleksander addresses this enigmatic topic, by making us understand the difference between what happens to us when thinking consciously and when sort of thinking when dreaming or when not conscious at all, as when sleeping, anaesthetised or knocked out by a blow on the head. The book also tackles the larger topics of free will, choice, God, Freud (what is 'the unconscious’?), inherited traits and individuality, while exploding the myths and misinformation of many earlier mind-hijackers. He shares the journey towards building a new model of consciousness, with an invitation to understand 5 axioms or basic ideas, which we easily recognise in ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845401023
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Igor Aleksander is Professor of Computer Science at Imperial College in London.

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