Consciousness In Four Dimensions: Biological Relativity and the Origins of Thought: Biological Relativity and the Origins of Thought

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McGraw Hill Professional, Nov 7, 2001 - Medical - 399 pages
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In a book that will profoundly alter the modern discourse on mind and influence the practice of neuromedicine, neurobiologist/neuropsychiatrist, Richard M. Pico unveils a revolutionary new approach to understanding consciousness that pinpoints its origins in the brain. Called “Biological Relativity,” the approach combines the laws of physics—especially Einstein’s laws of relativity—to the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, molecular biology, and computational theory to create a coherent four-dimensional model for explaining the origins of life and the emergence of complex biological systems—from the living cell to the thinking brain. In a fascinating, ambitious narrative that draws upon a lifetime of experimental and clinical work, Dr. Pico tells a riveting story that begins in the imponderably distant past, with the first proto-cell that endured long enough to become its own frame of reference—both structurally and temporally—and culminates with the most complex biological referent system known to science, the human brain. He then elaborates his groundbreaking theory through discussions of such things as the origins of language, music, and mathematics. He explains why he believes consciousness is uniquely human, and explores the causes and potential treatments for a variety of thought disorders.

 

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Contents

Introduction Toward a Framework for Consciousness
1
Part One DIMENSIONS OF SPACE AND TIME
9
Part Two DIMENSIONS OF LIFE
23
Part Three DIMENSIONS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
55
Part Four THRESHOLDS OF THOUGHT IN EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT
223
Part Five INFINITE REFLECTION
269
Notes
377
Index
389
About the Author
401
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Richard M. Pico, PhD, MD is past director of inpatient psychiatric services at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and is currently Vice President of Research and Development, and Chief Medical Officer of NexxtHealth, Inc. He is the founder and President of 4THOUGHT, Inc., a medical and biotechnology consulting company, and has served on the antipsychotic medication advisory panel for Eli Lilly and Co. His many areas of expertise include electron microscopy, electrophysiology, memory systems, statistics, electronics, psychopharmacology, quantitative brain imaging, and human thought disorders.

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