Virtual Reality: Consciousness Really Explained!
I think this is the first scientific and actual solution of the Mind-Brain problem. Using results of recent mathematics, it finally provides an actual solution. But human beings have a real and scientific place in this solution -they are not mere "zombies"! Latest and much improved 3rd Edition.
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Five Stars (out of Five)
Virtual Reality is Jerome Iglowitz’s answer to the mind-brain problem, the culmination of fifty years of research, encompassing multiple disciplines including but not limited to different forms of mathematics such as Mathematical Structuralism and Category Theory (“proposed as new and radical foundations for the whole of mathematics.”), neurology, neurophilosophy, biology, engineering, computer programming, physics, and psychology. A five hundred word review can scarcely begin to describe the singular genius on display herein.
In chapter 2, Exotic Mathematics, Iglowitz refers to the teachings of the German mathematician David Hilbert to help him ask the “one truly significant question in the mind-brain problem....” He writes, “…how can a (biological) machine/mechanism whose parts are discrete in time and space ever know anything whatsoever? (How can we know anything at all!) That it can mechanically function is no longer a question, but mechanical functionality is not the same as ‘knowing’.”
In the first 160 pages of the book Iglowitz tries to give the reader a primer including the tools, references, and the background material that help him propose his theory / solution to the mind-brain problem. He cites Daniel Dennett’s idea that we are nothing more than mechanical zombies, and also notes that, in his book Consciousness Explained, Dennett dismisses Descartes’ belief that consciousness needs an intangible or spiritual soul that interacts with the body through the pineal gland of the brain.
Iglowitz revisits Dennett repeatedly and sums up his thoughts on Dennett in appendix A. He writes, “I really liked...Consciousness Explained…not because I could agree with his conclusions...that I liked it because it is a brutally candid and forthright exposition of the Naturalist position, proceeding with compelling logic, and without hedging. I respect that! It is moreover, a phenomenological pure position. I think it is really “Consciousness Explained Away” however, rather than Consciousness Explained because at the end “we are all zombies.”
Iglowitz’s supports his theory with the works of numerous deep thinkers, e.g., Ernst Cassirer, Humberto Maturana, and Williard Van Orman Quine. His comprehension and application of this broad range of knowledge can be overwhelming, but certain readers will be thrilled with such intellectual stimulation. While the author does speak to the reader directly in some sections (with an exceptional and sometimes self-parodying sense of humor and enthusiasm), in order to truly enjoy Iglowitz’s brilliant insights, humor, and exhilaration over new and old ideas, some familiarity with the subject matter is needed.
Because of space limitations, and the sheer volume of information in Virtual Reality, only a fragment of Iglowitz’s work is touched upon in this review. His profound theories can best be explained by his thoughts on theories themselves. He writes, “Theories have “shape” in the same sense that great music has “shape”—not only in its individual themes, but as an overall composition.”
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Virtual Reality, third edition
9780984528509, $42.16, www.amazon.com
Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, "Virtual Reality:
Consciousness Really Explained!" is a 606-page compendium of the
research, study, thought, and contemplations of Jerome Iglowitz whose
focus is on exploring, detailing, and understanding the relationship of
the human mind to the