The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size

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A. Lane, 1998 - Medical - 467 pages
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As John Casti wrote, "Finally, a book that really does explain consciousness." This groundbreaking work by Denmark's leading science writer draws on psychology, evolutionary biology, information theory, and other disciplines to argue its revolutionary point: that consciousness represents only an infinitesimal fraction of our ability to process information. Although we are unaware of it, our brains sift through and discard billions of pieces of data in order to allow us to understand the world around us. In fact, most of what we call thought is actually the unconscious discarding of information. What our consciousness rejects constitutes the most valuable part of ourselves, the "Me" that the "I" draws on for most of our actions -- fluent speech, riding a bicycle, anything involving expertise. No wonder that, in this age of information, so many of us feel empty and dissatisfied. As engaging as it is insightful, this important book encourages us to rely more on what our instincts and our senses tell us so that we can better appreciate the richness of human life.

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This large book covers a broad range of science, including physics (both Newtonian and quantum), information theory, psychology, and computer science, but its central message is the startling fact ... Read full review

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An interesting book that will have you thinking about your perception of yourself and the world around you as experienced by your senses in a different way. For instance, what you perceive via your ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
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Computation
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Throwing Away Information 23
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Copyright

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Countering the User Illusion, Designing for the Me - Susan Harkus
Tor Nørretranders, The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size, Gyldendalske Boghandel, 1991. Penguin translation, 1998. p.174 ...
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User illusion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size. Viking. ISBN 0-670-87579-1. This philosophy-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by ...
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Tor.dk » The User Illusion
This is the wordpress blog of Danish science writer Tor Nørretranders.
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Phys Comp Notes: The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size. Tor Nørretranders ©1998 Viking Press; ISBN: 0670875791. Makes the case that much of our experience of ...
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the susijn agency | Tor Norretranders
According to Nørretranders (The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size ), "costly" actions, like sharing one's food and expending valuable energy ...
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Psychology - 2007 Catalog - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (Page 4)
Tor Nørretranders. THE user illusion. Cutting Consciousness down to Size “Nørretranders, a top Danish science writer, makes his American debut with this ...
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The mind, in short, works on the data it receives very much as a sculptor works on his block of stone. In a sense the statue stood there from eternity. ...
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Chaitin, The Unknowable
See T. Nørretranders, ``Maxwell's Demon,'' chapter 1 in The User Illusion—Cutting Consciousness Down to Size, and hc von Baeyer, Maxwell's Demon—Why Warmth ...
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Ming the Mechanic: Exformation
by Flemming Funch Mentioned by Bala Pillai. What is exformation?:. This word is used by Tor Nørretranders in his book The User Illusion, published in Danish ...
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Turning Information Overload. into Intelligence Advantage. By Steve Barth. Competitive Intelligence (CI) has more opportunities than ...
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