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Es the augmented functioning that underpins the emergent mind a new The Conscious PDF off line internal response system with which the brain accesses itself and then forms a selection mechanism for mentally generated behavior options This functional breakthrough Torey argues explains how the animal brain's awareness became self accessible and reflective that is how the human brain acuired a conscious mind Consciousness unlike animal awareness is not a unitary phenomenon but a composite process Torey's account shows how protolanguage evolved into. A really brilliant and that s not just my opinion short book detailing a theory of how the brain became aware of itself and developed into a self reflective mind with the capacity to monitor and thus withhold response ie the development of limited free will And it s beautifully and mostly fully comprehensibly written to boot

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The Conscious Mind

How did the human mind emerge from the collection of neurons that makes up the brain How did the brain acuire self awareness functional autonomy language and the ability to think to understand itself and the world In this volume in the Essential Knowledge series Zoltan Torey offers an accessible and concise description of the evolutionary breakthrough that created the human mind Drawing on insights from evolutionary biology neuroscience and linguistics Torey reconstructs the seuence of events by which Homo erectus became Homo sapiens He describ. Excellent and accessible story of how consciousness and mind emerged from animal awareness I find that this study along with the book Incomplete Nature which I finished a few months earlier are the best yet conceptualizations of this process of developmentemergence Highly recommended I want to eventually attempt his The Crucible of Consciousness An Integrated Theory of Mind and Brain although it sounds rather dense and academic

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Language how a brain subsystem for the emergent mind was built and why these developments are opaue to introspection We experience the brain's functional autonomy he argues as free will Torey proposes that once life began consciousness had to emerge because consciousness is the informational source of the brain's behavioral response Consciousness he argues is not a newly acuired uality cosmic principle circuitry arrangement or epiphenomenon as others have argued but an indispensable working component of the living system's manner of functioning. As other reviewers stated the book is indeed dry and loaded with jargon It does not make it overly complicated to read however given the size of the volume While the model by which the emergence of the conscious mind is uite well explained and interesting certain subjects seem to be simply dismissed as self evident or not worth getting even curious about For instance the possibility of computer based consciousness is refuted in an unsatisfying manner involving ualia ualia then lead to the uestion whether one may experience the colour red as someone else experience the colour blue Again rather uickly dismissive of philosophy this age old paradox is uickly solved by some logic involving wavelengths and sunshinessunsets This was again very unsatisfactory and written in such a cut and dry manner that I was doubting myself a lot for not comprehending the irrefutable logic that was supposedly presented before me This being said the model proposed is worth reading about and seems to be rigorous than the AIualia segments It is an interesting read and deserves attention However the tone used made me very defensive and sceptical given that it was written as a set of absolute facts proved by logic and with a level of certainty that is not so common in science Everything seemed as if they were true by definition


7 thoughts on “The Conscious Mind

  1. says:

    This is the one book to read on consciousness I’m not a neuroscientist so I can’t evaluate all the detailed claims in this book As Torey himself acknowledges the science is controversial and the science behin

  2. says:

    Excellent and accessible story of how consciousness and mind emerged from animal awareness I find that this study along with the book Incomplete Nature which I finished a few months earlier are the best yet conceptualizations of th

  3. says:

    A really brilliant and that's not just my opinion short book detailing a theory of how the brain became aware of i

  4. says:

    This is not one of the better books I’ve read on the topic of consciousness for three reasons 1 Unlike Free Will Mark Balaguer’s book in the same MIT series The Conscious Mind is written in a style that doesn’t show much respect for others’ ideas 2 is riddled with assumptions and poor logic and 3 makes bold claims that the pages contain answers to many very difficult problems that have eluded other great minds b

  5. says:

    As other reviewers stated the book is indeed dry and loaded with jargon It does not make it overly complicated to read how

  6. says:

    Maybe it is a good book but for me it was a difficult one I didn't understand much

  7. says:

    So many things in this book brought up issues and in the end I never felt in openly and honestly addressed the true origin of conscious development in the human speciesStating that we 'gained' or 'acuired' certain capabilities in the mind without any theory or information to back it up left me with a very empty feeling and once again the bel

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