What We Are: The Physical Basis of Consciousness

What We Are: The Physical Basis of Consciousness

by Izi Stoll


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A mechanistic explanation for consciousness has long proved elusive to scientists and philosophers, with many researchers today even questioning the existence of the phenomenon. With What We Are, a new perspective has arrived. This approach combines the laws of physics, information theory, and neuroscience to provide a physical explanation for the phenomenon of streaming perceptual experience and having the sense of a self which can act in the world. An exciting development in the field, this comprehensive new theory posits that thought is actually information content produced by neural activity, existing in higher dimensional space in accordance with the holographic principle. A fascinating and provocative read, this book provides a useful background to the historical study of consciousness, introduces the new conceptual framework of Conifold Theory, clearly explains how this theory fits with the laws of physics and neuroscience, and finally makes specific predictions for experimentalists in both fields. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the brain, the mind, and connections between the two.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733793117
Publisher: Triskelion Press
Publication date: 11/13/2019
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 794,026
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth ( Izi ) Stoll earned her bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, then earned her PhD in neurobiology and behavior at the University of Washington in Seattle. After completing post-doctoral research on cellular energy metabolism, she started her own lab at the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, leading a team of talented researchers to develop new treatments for neurological disease. Dr Stoll has received a number of awards for her research, including a fellowship from the American Federation for Aging Research to identify how age predisposes cells to cancer formation and recognition from the Society for Neuro Oncology for discovering a new therapeutic intervention for malignant brain tumors. She currently directs the theoretical research program at the Western Institute for Advanced Study in Denver, Colorado.

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