Ebook Book Wider Than the Sky The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness è Gerald M. Edelman – and–rey.us
Ustrate So the melody floats from the harp string but neither checks nor uickens its vibration so the shadow runs alongside the pedestrian but in no way influences his steps I m impressed by Edelman s argument but I have a problem with the idea that consciousness itself as distinct from neural processes cannot cause anything to happen Just for starters if I call up the movie theater and find ut the time The Wallflower's Revenge of the next screening my conscious knowledgef that time is part f the causal chain that leads me to go to the theater I suppose the counterargument is that my neural processes are handling all f that and my consciousness is War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 only keeping me updatedBut I think this limits the term consciousness tonly the most superficial aspects Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World of my awareness If I know in the usual sensef the word that force euals mass times acceleration it is not just words that I know I know the meanings f the terms and how to apply those terms in specific situations Even though I may not articulate all f that I know that I know and that is part f my consciousness f knowing the euation from physics To say that my knowledge Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills of how to apply the euation is handled by neural processes while I amnly conscious Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together of words is to take the term consciousness in too restricted a sense My consciousness includes awarenessf meanings and powers that I don t necessarily recite to myselfBe all f that as it may I am impressed enough by Edelman s theory to pursue the issue by further reading While I have no doubt that Edelman is a great neuroscientist I have seen science writing done better by ther people Paul Churchland in The Engine Blue Blood of Reason the Seatf the Soul to my mind does a far impressive job The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe of describing parallel distributed processing neural networks though he approaches it from a theoretical viewpoint rather than from the viewpointf empirical research Either way it is a fascinating topic This book is written by Parafilias (Spanish Edition) onef the most prominent scientists It's Like This of this field therefore making it an authentic and credible depictionf the topic ConsciousnessHowever This was my first read book about consciousness and I had a hard time finishing this book not because it wasn t a great book but I had barely any knowledge as prereuisites The Mirage other than the uest be patient u ve gotta get thru about 80 pages before the book starts getting anywhere near interestingthe biological theory must show how the neural bases for consciousness could have arisen during evolution how consciousness develops in certain animalscausal statusf consciousness epiphenomenon wo material conseuences efficacious causes things to happen neural bases f consciousness but not consciousness per se can cause things to happenhow a neural mechanism entails a subjective conscious state ualeWilliam James consciousness is utterly dependent n the brain consciousness is embodiedhow properties Rituels secrets des Templiers of conscious experience can emerge from propertiesf brainconsciousness is a process not a thingJamesian properties f consciousnessprivatesubjective ccurs A Mild Suicide only in the individualcontinuous albeit continually changingintentionality about thingseventsdoes not exhaust all aspects to which it refers unitaryintegrated scenes differentiated from moment to momentthe remembered presentall past experience is engaged in forming my integrated awarenessf this single momentprimary consciousness lacking in semanticlinguistic capabilities socially defined self sense Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of pastfuturehigherrder consciousness recreate past episodes form future intentionssemantic ability assignment Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face of meaning to a symbollinguistic ability systemf symbols grammaruale particular experience Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church of some propertyualia higherrder discriminations that constitute consciousness experienced as parts f unitaryintegrated conscious sceneconscious events complex set f ualiaualia ability f conscious individuals to make high rder discriminationsscientific description Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of consciousnessgive a causal accountf relationship btw these domains so properties in Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 one domain may be understood in termsf events in the Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale otherbrain based theoryf consciousness should give a causal explanation f its properties but should not be expected to generate ualia by description The Brain is wider than the Sky For put them side by side The ne the Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) other will containWith ease and You beside The Brain is deeper than the sea For hold them Blue to Blue Thene the ther will absorb As Sponges Buckets do THE BRAIN IS JUST THE WEIGHT OF GOD FOR Brain is just the weight f God For them Pound for Pound And they will differ if they do As Syllable from Sound Emily DickinsonThis book is amazing Edelman is amazing It not exactly light reading and while he does do alot Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian of explaining One may get lost withut a solid knowledge base in the subject to begin with So I did a single module Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time of neuropsychology in college and have read a few books about the brain since to give you an ideaf my backgroundTo me about half f it was comprehensible He starts ff admirably explaining the theory f brain that he is basing this explanation f consciousness n This part is difficult but I was just about able to understand it and it was frankly fascinating 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He Bothered Explaining Things At bothered explaining things at start if the book wasn t written for a general audience It wasn t an issue f talking about specific brain regions that an expert "wouldn t know it was his use f language something that was entirely avoidable if he just wrote it better "t know it was his use Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of language something that was entirely avoidable if he just wrote it better had a better editorFor example there was a sentence The reticular nucleus it is suspected acts to switchr gate the activities Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy of the specific thalamic nuclei yielding different patternsf expression Witchopoly of such sensory modalities as sight hearing and touch which could have been written. Scientific inuiry into the workingsf the brain to formulate answers to the mind body uestions that intrigue every thinking personConcise and understandable the book explains pertinent findings Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of modern neuroscience and describes how consciousness arises in complex brains Edelman explores the relationf consciousness to causation to evolution to the development f. ,
SighYou 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 n the uestion f how brain processing relates to subjective conscious experience Scientists are the last people to shed light n this uestion because they r at least most f them don t even understand the uestionWhy not Because it s not a scientific uestion at all but a philosophical Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) one and I have yet to find a scientist who knows anything about philosophyI should warn you that the restf this review will be written from the point Boarding House of Hunks of viewf a peeved philosophy graduate who detests the way in which scientists all too ften misconstrue and misrepresent a philosophical problem as if it were a scientific ne Edelman s book is a depressing example Bec (The Demonata, of thisA very clear signalf the problems we a For me this book rates up there with ther classics in science like Chance and Necessity by Jacue Monod A pretty technical and dense book Wider Than the Sky aims to provide a consistent scientific theory n the emergence f consciousness from the neural base without delving into speculation such as uantum consciousness resolving to dualism mindbody but focusing n embodiment the fact that brain develops in a different way for every person and neurons are highly adaptable making representations f concepts non permanent in the patterns f neural firing The theory utlined makes a distinction between primary consciousness and higher rder consciousness being conscious Our Planet: Our Home of being conscious Primary consciousness seems to have evolved in the transition from reptiles to birds and reptiles to mammals Having primary consciousness means having concepts basic understandingf cause and effect and learning from experience In the development Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of primates specifically with evolutionf Broca and Wernicke s areas and simultaneously with the development f language conceptualizations about time space and the self enabled higher rder consciousness to emerge making it possible to be conscious Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of being consciousThe book discusses massive re entryf neural cells a looping interplay f connections between different parts f the brain to explain the neural base for consciousness Even though it simplifies the rganization f the brain structures enough for their interplay to be understood to a layman I found it difficult to follow due to many anatomical terms in addition to sheer complexity f the brain The author provides a good explanation between the interplay f thalamus hippocampus cortex and ther functional areas Not a casual read and very dense in parts it s hard to follow without previous understanding f brain anatomy and some level A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of familiarity with philosophical approaches to explanationsf consciousness Gerald Edelman a Nobel prize winning neuroscientist ffers a neurological theory f consciousness which interests me because consciousness is central to many philosophical positions and disputes Edelman is philosophically well informed especially praising the work f William James so that he ften addresses the In the End obvious philosophical concerns For example he takes care to avoid category errors such as the tendency to treatbjects f consciousness as though they were things in the same sense as material bjects Early in his book Edelman makes the point that a theory f consciousness should "not be expected to duplicate consciousness eg to generate my uniue experience f red but nly to explain it Just "be expected to duplicate consciousness eg to generate my uniue experience f red but nly to explain it Just a meteorologist can explain a hurricane but cannot produce ne
a brain based theory f consciousness should give a causal explanation f its properties but having done so brain based theory The Age of Treachery of consciousness should give a causal explanationf its properties but having done so should not be expected to generate ualia by description Unfortunately much f the groundwork for the theory involves a detailed description f brain processes much The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of which is lostn me because he names and identifies many parts Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of the brain mostf which are difficult for me to keep distinct in my Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) own mind He then describes brain processes in termsf neural impulses which travel from this part f the brain to that so that I have a picture f a lot When a Man Loves a Woman of traffic but not much clarity I do get a graspf some f the general principlesEdelman makes a strong point that the brain does not function like a computer Instead f algorithms and Turing Machine type Keep From Falling operations the brain functions using neural networks and exhibits degeneracy a technical term meaning massive redundancyr that the same result can be reached by many different paths I am somewhat surprised by this since I have read Paul Churchland a neurophilosopher who describes parallel distributed processing a theoretical description Catalogue the Insanity of neural networks which can be implementedn a computer I think this may be a terminological dispute since artificial intelligence is based n parallel distributed processing which learns by trial and error based n massive feedback loops This resembles brain processing as Edelman describes itEdelman says that consciousness is an epiphenomenon based Shrek on the continual cyclingf neural impulses in the brain Neural input may come from sense rgans such as the ptic nerves and is then cycled through a part Look Alikes Jr. of the cerebral cortex which categorizes it in termsf conceptual experience and then is recycled so as to refine and to clarify the riginal impression Along the way the neural impulses may go through value systems areas f the brain not ethics which prioritize neural impulses in various ways such as to promote survival Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin or to focusr to accomplish some Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution other purpose This recyclingf neural impulses called reentrant and related to a feedback loop resembles churning such as water in a washing machine He Remembers the Barren or incean tides and serves to generate a constantly changing model The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of the sensory world as well asf Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis one swn body and needs The image generated by the constant cycling The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives of neural impulses is consciousness Or to put it another way consciousness is the way the world includingur Let the Wolf Howl own bodies seems to us after the brain has done its categorizing prioritizing updating emotional coloration andther refinementsSo according to Edelman consciousness is generated by neural processes but unlike neural processing cannot cause anything to happen Only neural processes have causal efficacy Edelman uotes beautiful metaphors from William James to ill. How does the firing The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini of neurons give rise to subjective sensations thoughts and emotions How can the disparate domainsf mind and body be reconciled The uest for a scientifically based understanding f consciousness has attracted study and speculation across the ages In this direct and non technical discussion f consciousness Dr Gerald M Edelman draws Blue Guide New York on a lifetimef.
Summary Wider Than the Sky The Phenomenal Gift f ConsciousnessThe reticular nucleus is believed to be a switch r gate to different ways to see hear Homesick or sense the world and would ve been shorter and a lot clearerThe last two chapters become very readable again and are a uite interesting summaryf the book but leave A Criminal Affair out a lotf detail I can Sangue Derramado only presume was gone into in detail in previous chapters He also leavesut things like experimental backing for the theory which he says is done in different books listed in the bibliography which is also very well laid ut The glossary is poorly explained as well as it always being cumbersome to have to go to the end f the book to read the ut f context explanation f a term that could ve been just explained in textAs it was what I did understand was fascinating but there was far too little f those bits This is not so much a review as a synopsisEdelman s work n both researching and describing neuroanatomy has significantly changed the way we see how the brain works It is not too difficult to follow and should be enough to rock subjects like psychology to the core as they seem happy to proceed n the delusion that there is some kind f metaphysical ie non physical mind that bears no resemblance to the brain With people such as Edelman and Maturana and Varela n the case metaphysical approaches to the mind should soon be a thing Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star of the past wishful thinkingRe entry within the dynamic coref the brain allows for primary consciousness mediation Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance of value category memoryriginating in bodily experiences and thru re entry can be re enacted with The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky or without motor function at any time and perceptual categorisation the here and nowf sorting perception into different bjects Higher Order consciousness re entrant circuits mediating between primary consciousness and semantic capability Symbolic nature f semantic dissociation between symbol and meaning combined with the flexibility f manipulating these symbols thru syntax releases the consciousness from the remembered present and thru these re entrant circuits enables remembered past imagined past and future and planned future although the conscious process involves representation the neural substrate f consciousness is non representational 104 mental images arise in a primary consciousness scene largely by the same neural processes by which direct perceptual images arise One relies n memory the ther n signals from without 105it is thru re entry that these processes are so similarThis view rejects the notion f computation and the idea that there is a language Heart of the Wood of thought Meaning is not identical to mental representation Instead it arises as a resultf the play between value systems varying environmental cues learning and non representational memory 105also Thibault Jnl The King's Commissar of Prag muchf cognitive psychology is ill founded There are no functional states that can be uniuely euated with defined Bloodmage or coded computational states in individual brains and no process that can be euated with the executionf algorithms Instead there is an enormously rich set f selectional repertoires f neuronal groups whose degenerate responses can by selection accommodate the Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction open ended richnessf environmental input individual history and individual variation Intentionality and will in this view both depend Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner on local contexts in the environment the body and the brain but they can selectively arisenly through such interactions and not as precisely defined computations 111embodied and groundedConstructivist brain Filling in Every Sigh, the End of the blind spot the phenomenaf apparent motion and gestalt phenomena can all be explained in terms f
temporal synchrony in re entrant circuits The same is true f time f succession and f duration The re entrantsynchrony in re entrant circuits The same is true Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis: Or, How Mother (Almost) Ruined My Life of timef succession and Quest for Celestia: A Reimagining of the Pilgrim's Progress of duration The re entrant combines concepts and percepts with memory and new input to make a coherent picture at all costs 124eg saccades eye movements are erratic with the eye jumping to a new pointf focus ften as a result f peripheral vision and then resting Our experience f vision however is ne A Christmas Tree for Lydia of a smooth transition fromne scene to the next Given the continual sensorimotor signals arising from the body subjectivity is a baseline event that is never extinguished in the normal life The God Solution: A Reply To The God Delusion of conscious individuals But there is no need for an innerbserver Eterlimus or a central I in James s words the thoughts themselves are the thinker 134Higherrder consciousness may be considered as a trade ff f absolute precision for rich imaginative possibilities 135The pervasive presence The Guilty Feminist: From our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies of degeneracy in biological systems is particularly noticeable in neural systems and it exists to a high degree in the rentrant selective circuitsf the conscious brain In certain circumstances natural languages gain as much strength from ambiguity as they do under ther circumstances through the power f logical definition Association and metaphor are powerful accompaniments Bunless Oven: Bring Hope to Your Trying-To-Conceive Tears of 135 conscious experience even at early stages and they flower withy linguistic experience 136the studyf consciousness must recognize the first person Stomp the Elephant in the Office or subjective pointf view 140Consciousness is a property There's a Light at the Top of the Stairs of neural processes and cannot itself act causally in the world 141Whether in the dreamsf REM sleep r in imagery r even in perceptual categorization a variety DuMont Bildband Namibia: Natur, Kultur und Lebensart (DuMont Bildband E-Book) of sensory motor and higherrder conceptual processes are constantly in in visual imagery the same reentrant used in direct perception are reengaged but without the precise constraints Mr. Snuff of signals from without In REM sleep the brain truly speaks to itself in a special conscious statene constrained neither by Sordid Seduction outside sensory input nor by the tasksf motor In the Freud Archives output 144 This book is very interesting but very difficult Edelman starts by describing the neural anatomy that sensory perceptions and then processed information travels through inrder for Jacob and Sylvia our brains to process information then describes how this processf Is God a Delusion? ordering info is primary consciousness Combined with value systems with instinctual responses to stimuli the developmentf communication then language ur brains evolved to also process abstract thoughts How ur brains process language was not really discussed and could have bridged the gap between advanced sensory perception and value filters and Socrates So this is Beyond The MBA Hype only the beginningf my reading not the end However Edelman notes how Amenities: Four Stories of Clifton Terrace our memories and conce. The self and to therigins f feelings learning and memory His analysis f the brain activities underlying consciousness is based n recent remarkable advances in biochemistry immunology medical imaging neuroscience and evolutionary biology yet the implications f his book extend farther beyond the worlds Our Iceberg is Melting : Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions of science and medicine into virtually every areaf human inui.