The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size

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Viking, 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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User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Mike Steinborn - Goodreads

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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