Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness

Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness

How does the firing of neurons give rise to subjective sensations, thoughts, and emotions? How can the disparate domains of mind and body be reconciled? The quest for a scientifically based understanding of consciousness has attracted study and speculation across the ages. In this direct and non-technical discussion of consciousness, Dr. Gerald M. Edelman draws on a lifetime of scientific inquiry into the workings of the brain to formulate answers to the mind-body questions that intrigue every thinking person.
Concise and understandable, the book explains pertinent findings of modern neuroscience and describes how consciousness arises in complex brains. Edelman explores the relation of consciousness to causation, to evolution, to the development of the self, and to the origins of feelings, learning, and memory. His analysis of the brain activities underlying consciousness is based on recent remarkable advances in biochemistry, immunology, medical imaging, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology, yet the implications of his book extend farther—beyond the worlds of science and medicine into virtually every area of human inquiry.

Title:Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780300107616
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    Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness Reviews

  • samm

    The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --For -- put them side by side --The one the other will containWith ease -- and You -- beside --The Brain is deeper than the sea --For -- hold them -- Blue to Blue -...

  • Alborz Baghipour

    یک کتاب خوب در مورد موضوع آگاهی از دانشمند برنده ی جایزه ی نوبل جرالد اِدلمن کتابی جدی و علمی ولی به زبان ساده ...

  • Jon Stout

    Gerald Edelman, a Nobel prize-winning neuroscientist, offers a neurological theory of consciousness, which interests me because consciousness is central to many philosophical positions and disputes. E...

  • Chris Naylor

    *Sigh*You'd think that, by now, I would know better. Why did I buy a book about consciousness by an eminent scientist and expect it to shed light on the question of how brain processing relates to sub...

  • Anna

    Necítím se úplně oprávněná toto hodnotit hvězdičkami. Jsem totiž jen hloupý aspirující pseudovědec a nikoli filosofující neurovědec ponořený do neurálních substrátů vědomí.Za...

  • Farhad Azadjoo

    ترجمه كردن كتاب هاي حوزه علوم اعصاب خيلي كار سختي هست و ترجمه روان و قابل فهم اين نوع كتاب ها كار هر كسي نيست. مت...

  • Kayson Fakhar

    Thinkable...

  • Arif Zaman

    This book is written by one of the most prominent scientists of this field, therefore, making it an authentic and credible depiction of the topic Consciousness.However, This was my first read book abo...

  • Behruz Babaeinejad

    کتاب خیلی خوب و هوشمندانه به این مساله میپردازه، این که فرآیند آگاهی چیه، چطوری به وجود میاد و چه پروسه ای در م...

  • Jack Youngkin

    For me this book rates up there with other classics in science like Chance and Necessity by Jacque Monod....