The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size

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Viking, 1998 - Psychology - 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  - Yevgeniy Brikman - Goodreads

A spectacular book that has completely changed my understanding of the mind and consciousness. I poured through this 400+ pages in just a few days - I couldn't set it down. The critical arguments in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

This book will change your understanding of yourself, and of consciousness in general. It draws from many fields of study including psychology, biology, information theory, philosophy, and physics ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
ix
Maxwells Demon 3
xv
Throwing Away Information 23
xxxv
Copyright

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He is Denmark's leading science writer, and award winning author of more than ten books, and host of numerous television programs on science and science-related topics. He has also extablished a major cooperative network of scientists and artists.

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