What We Are: The Physical Basis of Consciousness

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Triskelion Press, Sep 20, 2019 - 203 pages
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A mechanistic explanation for consciousness has long proved elusive to scientists and philosophers, with many neuroscientists today even questioning the existence of the phenomenon. In What We Are, a new perspective has arrived. This new approach combines the laws of physics, information theory, and neuroscience to provide the first physical explanation for the phenomenon of streaming perceptual experience and the sense of a self which can act in the world. An exciting development in the field, this comprehensive new theory presents a full mechanistic framework for bottom-up and top-down cognitive processing, with both routes exquisitely dependent upon functional neural circuitry, and provides an explanation for the seemingly immaterial nature of thought. This book clearly and concisely introduces the reader to the problem of consciousness and how other thinkers have approached it, offers an stimulating new theory to scientifically address the problem, then discusses potential applications and specific predictions of the theory.

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Izi Stoll completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Washington, then moved to Europe to start her own laboratory. She has made several key discoveries in brain function and has won a number of awards for her research. She is currently Director of the Western Institute for Advanced Study.

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