Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul

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Simon and Schuster, 1995 - Medical - 317 pages
Traditionally, the human soul is regarded as a nonphysical concept that can only be examined by psychiatrists and theologists. In his new book, The Astonishing Hypothesis, Nobel Laureate Francis Crick boldly straddles the line between science and spirituality by examining the soul from the standpoint of a modern scientist, basing the soul's existence and function on an in-depth examination of how the human brain "sees."
 

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It's exactly 40 years since Watson and Crick published their landmark double-helix papers in Nature, setting biology on a revolutionary course. In the meantime, Watson has continued to reign supreme ... Read full review

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The bulk of the book is spent on describing how the brain, step by step, processes the information that the retina provides into the 3-dimensional 'motion picture' we observe, and which parts of the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The General Nature of Consciousness
13
Seeing
23
The Psychology of Vision
35
Attention and Memory
59
Theories of Vision
71
Part II
78
The Human Brain in Outline
81
Brain Damage
161
Neural Networks
177
Part III
201
Visual Awareness
203
Some Experiments
215
Mainly Speculation
231
Oscillations and Processing Units
243
Dr Cricks Sunday Morning Service
255

The Neuron
91
Types of Experiment
107
The Primate Visual SystemInitial Stages
121
The Visual Cortex of Primates
139
A Postscript on Free Will
265
Further Reading
281
Acknowledgments
301
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Francis Crick is the British physicist and biochemist who collaborated with James D. Watson in the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA, for which they received the Nobel Prize in 1962. He is the author of What Mad Pursuit, Life Itself, and Molecules and Men. Dr. Crick lectures widely all over the world to both professional and lay audiences, and is a Distinguished Research Professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.

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