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The Race for Consciousness- John G. Taylor


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Title: The Race for Consciousness

ISBN : 0262700867
Author : John G. Taylor
Publisher : The MIT Press
Media : Paperback
SKU MIX31-U31-C3-ACY1-43668


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Amazon.com&newline;&newline;Incorporating centuries of thought and decades of research into one model of consciousness is no easy feat, but neural network guru John Taylor puts it all together in The Race for Consciousness. Suggesting early on that no scientific endeavor has ever succeeded without a clear goal in sight, he takes care to specify the aims he thinks consciousness researchers should have in mind when pursuing their work; his definitions and boundaries, while not uncontroversial, are thought-provoking. From there he outlines previous stabs at theories and is unrelenting in exposing their strengths and weaknesses.&newline;&newline;Taylor builds a theory of his own on this sturdy foundation--he proposes a relational model in which interactions between different brain states inevitably create the subjective feeling that we call consciousness. His command of the field of research is impressive, drawing on physics, computer science, philosophy, biology, and medicine, but he is always scrupulous when acknowledging gaps in the data or potential challenges to his ideas. The reader must be prepared to be flexible and patient; Taylor's ideas take time to build and his model is much stronger for it. The rewards of persistence are rich, though--this just might be the groundbreaking work from which our next scientific Renaissance grows. Taylor admits he has only taken the first step toward his goal, but expects there to be many more runners in the race for consciousness. --Rob Lightner&newline;--This text refers to the &newline;&newline;Hardcover&newline;edition. &newline;&newline;From Publishers Weekly&newline;&newline;As technology leaps forward, scientists and philosophers inch closer to a comprehensive definition of perhaps the most illusive ontological term: human consciousness. Taylor, emeritus professor and director of the Centre for Neural Networks at Kings College in London, has pursued the definition of mind for the last quarter century. In this sophisticated volume, he explores the latest developments in competing theories as a handicapper might detail the pros and cons of various thoroughbreds in a championship horse race. First stating the parameters of the study of consciousness, Taylor analyzes both the physiological structure of the brain and the subtleties of its neurological electro-chemistry. The reciprocal psychological categories of experience, thought and emotion are also addresed. Human consciousness so constructed includes thinking, feeling and willing. An apt quotation from a poet, scientist, theologian or philosopher introduces each chapter and focuses attention on the step-by-step historical development of various theories concerning the mind. The author draws from contemporary masters in the arcane reaches of neural networks and computer simulation of brain structures, but doesn't neglect &doublequote;classical&doublequote; sources like Freud and Piaget, when their work is relevant to the continuing debate. While the topic is esoteric, and his discussion sometimes hard going for the lay reader, Taylor avoids the obfuscation of professional jargon and makes a case for his own favorite theory, relational consciousness, by which &doublequote;consciousness arises through evocation of past memories and their intermingling with present input.&doublequote; This theory, he asserts, is capable of both empirical and mathematical proof, necessities for any satisfactory scientific definition. 20 illustrations. (July) &newline;Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.&newline;--This text refers to the &newline;&newline;Hardcover&newline;edition.

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