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.
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