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The world in my mind, my mind in the world - Igor Aleksander

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The world in my mind, my mind in the world
Igor Aleksander
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Imprint Academic
UK Publication Date

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.

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"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."

Financial Times - Stephen Pincock

"Aleksander's most important contribution is in considering how a machine could be conscious and what would make it so."

Times Higher Education Supplement - Susan Blackmore

"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."

Trends in Cognitive Sciences - Ron Chrisley

"Aleksander's solid engineering background is evident in the straight-forward flow of this book."

Metapsychology - Keith Harris

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