World in My Mind, My Mind in the World: Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals and Machines (Hardback)
  • World in My Mind, My Mind in the World: Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals and Machines (Hardback)
zoom

World in My Mind, My Mind in the World: Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals and Machines (Hardback)

(author)
£17.95
Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 03/05/2005
  • We can order this from the publisher

Usually dispatched within 15 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

Not consciousness, but knowledge of consciousness: that is what this book communicates in a fascinating way. Consciousness is the thread that links the disappearing gorilla with the octopus suffering from a stomach ache, and the person under anaesthetic with a new born baby. How these are different, yet illustrative, of consciousness is revealed in this accessible book by one of the world's leading thinkers and neural computing engineers. Igor Aleksander addresses this enigmatic topic, by making us understand the difference between what happens to us when thinking consciously and when sort of thinking when dreaming or when not conscious at all, as when sleeping, anaesthetised or knocked out by a blow on the head. The book also tackles the larger topics of free will, choice, God, Freud (what is 'the unconscious'?), inherited traits and individuality, while exploding the myths and misinformation of many earlier mind-hijackers. He shares the journey towards building a new model of consciousness, with an invitation to understand 5 axioms or basic ideas, which we easily recognise in ourselves.

Publisher: Imprint Academic
ISBN: 9781845400217
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 210 x 135 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Aleksander's approach to understanding isn't the only one that science has developed, nor should it be. And, of course, no one expects any simple answers to appear any time soon. Nevertheless, consciousness is something that science can and should shed light on." -- Stephen Pincock * Financial Times *
"Aleksander's most important contribution is in considering how a machine could be conscious and what would make it so." -- Susan Blackmore * Times Higher Education Supplement *
"His book makes a welcome change from the cataloguing of neural phenomena and their experiential correlates. It demonstrates that those who advocate the possibility of machine consciousness need not be behaviourists; one need not appeal to a consciousness variant of the Turing test to claim that an artificial system is conscious." -- Ron Chrisley * Trends in Cognitive Sciences *
"Aleksander's solid engineering background is evident in the straight-forward flow of this book." -- Keith Harris * Metapsychology *

You may also be interested in...

The Anxiety Solution
Added to basket
The Betrayal of Anne Frank
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
12 Rules for Life
Added to basket
Sorrow and Bliss
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
The School of Life
Added to basket
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?
Added to basket
Why We Sleep
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Other Minds
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Act of Living
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
Lost Connections
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Body Keeps the Score
Added to basket
Four Thousand Weeks
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
A Curious History of Sex
Added to basket
£12.99   £11.49
Paperback
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Added to basket
£12.99   £8.99
Paperback
Stolen Focus
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.