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Secrets of the Mind: A Tale of Discovery and Mistaken by A.G. Cairns-Smith

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By A.G. Cairns-Smith

How do we reconcile Shakespeare's account of human habit and that of contemporary mind technological know-how? that is the valuable query addressed by way of the famous Glasgow chemist A.G. Cairns-Smith during this provocative, witty, and hugely available dialogue of wakeful wisdom, loose will, and technology. Written in a conversational kind, Secrets of the Mind isn't just a perfect advent for the overall reader to the primary questions of awareness and mind technological know-how, yet a contribution to answering a few of them. within the author's view, our emotions and sensations aren't easily replacement descriptions of neural occasions yet have themselves developed and feature actual results within the mind in addition to actual reasons. In Secrets of the Mind we arrive at a imaginative and prescient of the area because it could grow to be obvious by means of a destiny technological know-how. Sand, sea water, air, and the atoms from which such fabrics are made are actually good understood through technology. those parts of our global, physicists and chemists let us know, are various kinds of quantum strength. yet what of our own emotions, our sensations and feelings? technology tells us that those too has to be different types of quantum power in the event that they developed. yet technology is just starting to clarify how.

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Perhaps we delude ourselves: Perhaps we have no effective will of any kind, and that our conscious self is a mere spectator. And if it turns out that our consciousness does have a role, perhaps this may be adequately explained in terms that stay clear of feelings, sensations, emotions, moods, and so on. But I don't think so-and for reasons that lie within science itself. I think there is a bomb lodged in the foundations of science that may be about to go off. It is a bomb that Charles Darwin inadvertently set ticking, William James exposed for all to see-and which 20th,century thought has done its best to try and bury.

But I don't think so-and for reasons that lie within science itself. I think there is a bomb lodged in the foundations of science that may be about to go off. It is a bomb that Charles Darwin inadvertently set ticking, William James exposed for all to see-and which 20th,century thought has done its best to try and bury. "The bomb in the basement" I refer to is this: Feelings and sensations are part of a physical world or they could not have evolved. Yet they sit most uncomfortably in the physical world as understood by current science.

44 Open Secrets Let us be more particular. , singular: as for example "a red quale" This doesn't mean a measure of light waves or the pigment used to paint a London bus. Nothing as plain as that. No, red quale means the real thing, a sensation of red: part of what usually happens en croute when someone looks at a London bus, or remembers one, or, perhaps as you are doing now, imagines one. A hard skull, and a hard problem inside it. 23 How on Earth are such qualia produced by brains? Because they surely are.

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