Theatre of the Mind

Theatre of the Mind

Raising the Curtain on Consciousness

Book - 2005
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Can we be conscious of our consciousness? What doesconsciousness feel like? Is it really a stream of steadily flowing thoughts,images and feelings, or something else altogether? What happens in those lapsesduring highway driving, in which you have no memory of the last 10 kilometres?How is it that most of what goes on in our brains is actually unconscious?And, in the end, do we even need our brain?

Jay Ingram, renowned science broadcaster and bestselling author,takes us on his most challenging and controversial journey yet--a look at thestate of consciousness. Mixing science, philosophy, history and pop culture,Ingram transforms grey matter into a brilliantly hued, completely understandableexploration of what's really going on in our conscious and unconscious minds.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780002006699
0002006693
Branch Call Number: ANF 153 ING
Characteristics: x, 294 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Sandrafting
Jan 19, 2011

I like Jay Ingram on Daily Planet and I have always enjoyed his writing. When I read a comment like what Gailygirl wrote and take note of the clarity of her comment, etc., I know I will enjoy reading this piece of work by Ingram.

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gailygirl
Sep 15, 2007

This is the first read so far where I can honestly say that this book changed my life. Extremely thought-provoking. Reminds me of my undergraduate days when topics such as these were discussed well into the wee hours of the morning. I will purchase this book for both my sons who, like myself, took/are taking philosophy courses at university. By some coincidence, my husband, a scientist, and I recently had a huge discussion (ok, heated argument) about whether or not robots could be said to be conscious. So this was a very timely topic for me. And as a bonus, Jay Ingram has no problem writing science for non-science people. A page-turner. Also a perfect non-fiction pick for a book club. I truly think this book is best experienced when it can be discussed amongst readers. Really hoping to get some comments from fellow readers on this one!

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