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Uage 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 functioni. Maybe it is a good book but for me it was a difficult one I didn t understand much

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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 d. 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 behind each chapter deserves at least a book by itself But the takeaway is not contingent on Torey getting all the details right While we still don t have the exact details of every brain function there is no reason to believe there is anything mysterious about the mind There is a simple model that explains and integrates all the main findings of neurology psychology linguistics and introspection Consciousness language and freedom of choice are not something that transcend the physical brain they are are the output of functional subsystems of that brain These evolved in humans and enabled us to access imagine and evaluate different pre generated possible actionsTorey explains how this system works how it evolved and how it differs in humans compared to other animals He clears up the confusion between what should properly be called consciousness and other forms of awareness He explains how consciousness depends on the development of language and syntax and thus argues that consciousness is a purely human phenomena And he show how this model accounts for our functional autonomy the freedom we seem to haveHe also shows how this model predicts exactly the mental illusions we observe in ourselves and others Such a creature would have the impression of an observer alongside what is observed would notice thoughts popping into consciousness fully formed and would see these thoughts as the cause of the subseuent actions It would see itself as an uncaused causal agent an immortal and transcendent soul in charge of a physical bodyWe are physical animals that have evolved the abilities to use language monitor the senses imagine sense impressions that are not present evaluate and choose between different actions form mental models and theories of the world and think about their own nature and place in the world There is still much to be learned But there is no mystery to be solved

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Escribes the augmented functioning that underpins the emergent mind a new 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 lang. 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


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 behind each chapter deserves at least a book by itself But the takeaway is not contingent on Torey getting all the details right While we still don’t have the exact details of every brain function there is no reason to belie

  2. says:

    Excellent and accessible story of how consciousness and mind emerged from animal awareness I find that this study along with the book Incomple

  3. says:

    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 sel

  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 but I was u

  5. says:

    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 eve

  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 aga