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The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness By David Gelernter,

  • Title: The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness
  • Author: David Gelernter
  • ISBN: 9780871403803
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The holy grail of psychologists and scientists for nearly a century has been to understand and replicate both human thought and the human mind In fact, it s what attracted the now legendary computer scientist and AI authority David Gelernter to the discipline in the first place As a student and young researcher in the 1980s, Gelernter hoped to build a program with a dialThe holy grail of psychologists and scientists for nearly a century has been to understand and replicate both human thought and the human mind In fact, it s what attracted the now legendary computer scientist and AI authority David Gelernter to the discipline in the first place As a student and young researcher in the 1980s, Gelernter hoped to build a program with a dial marked focus At maximum focus, the program would think rationally, formally, reasonably As the dial was turned down and focus diminished, its mind would start to wander, and as you dialed even lower, this artificial mind would start to free associate, eventually ignoring the user completely as it cruised off into the mental adventures we know as sleep.While the program was a only a partial success, it laid the foundation for The Tides of Mind, a groundbreaking new exploration of the human psyche that shows us how the very purpose of the mind changes throughout the day Indeed, as Gelernter explains, when we are at our most alert, when reasoning and creating new memories is our main mental business, the mind is a computer like machine that keeps emotion on a short leash and attention on our surroundings As we gradually tire, however, and descend the mental spectrum, reasoning comes unglued Memory ranges freely, the mind wanders, and daydreams grow insistent Self awareness fades, reflection blinks out, and at last we are completely immersed in our own minds.With far reaching implications, Gelernter s landmark Spectrum of Consciousness finally helps decode some of the most mysterious wonders of the human mind, such as the numinous light of early childhood, why dreams are so often predictive, and why sadism and masochism underpin some of our greatest artistic achievements It s a theory that also challenges the very notion of the mind as a machine and not through empirical studies or hard science but by listening to our great poets and novelists, who have proven themselves as humanity s most trusted guides to the subjective mind and inner self.In the great introspective tradition of Wilhelm Wundt and Ren Descartes, David Gelernter promises to not only revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human but also to help answer many of our most fundamental questions about the origins of creativity, thought, and consciousness.
    The Tides of Mind Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness The holy grail of psychologists and scientists for nearly a century has been to understand and replicate both human thought and the human mind In fact it s what attracted the now legendary computer s

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    1. This book on psychology is interesting the way Freud and Jung can be interesting It is a psychological theory about a spectrum of consciousness going from high spectrum with hard rational thinking of the kind you do on a math problem to lower levels on the spectrum which are imaginative and lyrical final at the lower levels enter the dreamscape of sleep It is fun to read the collective unconscious of Jung or the pleasure principle of Freud are interesting to read Is there any data to back up th [...]

    2. Important Call for Rethinking the Workings of the MindThis builds on Freud by carefully breaking down the structure, functions and interaction of thought, memory and emotion It is an important work by one of our most gifted thinkers Gelernter underestimates the developing power and potential of computing in my estimation, but focuses the reader on the awesome and beautiful powers of the mind, on how deeply far away science is from adequately exploring creativity, memory and emotion and on the be [...]

    3. Interesting concepts and thought provoking, but not always accurate in my personal experience I was hoping to see about how they might apply to artificial intelligence, which is his original field.

    4. This author s father was one of the creators of the Artificial Intelligence field and he s been studying the mind his entire life He says computers cannot replace the human mind and tells why Also reinforces my belief that most scientists believe in God, contrary to popular culture s twist on reality Shakespeare s Winter s Tale and a million other witnesses remind us that winter, as well as evening, makes us look inside, to the inner field of consciousness and the storytelling end of the spectru [...]

    5. Disappointing I was ready for a revolutionary new way of conceptualizing consciousness, but I kept waiting for it, chapter after chapter Gelernter admits that his themes are mostly common sense his literary quotes and metaphors reflect his apparent faith in folk psychology as the true view of consciousness He s telling us what we already know He delivers such breakthrough revelations as two memories can evoke similar feelings Ready to resurrect Freud again Don t waste my time.

    6. The Tides Of Mind is an inter disciplinary approach to understanding human consciousness with David Gelernter taking us on a guided exploration through the mysterious origins and inner journeys of thought, consciousness and creativity within the human mind It draws on Gelernter s diverse background in neurophysiology, molecular biology and artificial intelligence, apart from his wide knowledge of philosophy and literature He invariably and skillfully brings together varied illustrations from an [...]

    7. The author s frequent literary references and plain as day enthusiasm on his subject, in my opinion, kept the heavier material never all that heavy, as it is entertaining By the last couple chapters, however, I felt done The rate of new info to chew on was grinding to a near standstill with pages and pages to go Still, some fascinating concepts and poetic, even whimsical, interpretation.

    8. I found this to be a fascinating book about how the mind works Gelernter is a computer scientist who questions the idea that computer programming can at some point replicate the workings of the human mind It may come close in abstract, logical thinking, but Gelernter contends that there are many functions of the mind that are completely inaccessible to such an approach.His book is speculative but given his background, it seems rooted in strong possibility He sees the mind as a spectrum, ranging [...]

    9. I ve been a David Gelernter fan for many years and was impressed by The Tides of Mind, but it was a challenging read in some respects.A few excerpts This book is about that spectrum and a new way to understand the mind This new way incorporates the findings and observations of many thinkers but rests ultimately on the solid, unspectacular bedrock of common sense The scientist explains the origins of the universe with a logical argument The religious believer tells a story When I say believer, I [...]

    10. Don t be confused not brain science The Tides of Time uncovering the spectrum of consciousness by computer scientist David Gelertner 61 unfortunately reminded me of How to Live Longer and Feel Better by Linus Pauling and many popular business books Linus Pauling because his training and fame Nobel Prize Chemistry 1954 gave him a platform to expound far and wide, beyond to realms of science, sometimes with success Nobel Peace Prize 1962 and others without vitamin C advocacy.And business books Whe [...]

    11. The spectrum, three of them, go into depth of how our brain functions I found the book particularly dry and full of references to past writers Shakespeare, etal which to some readers would have been interesting I read it looking for some explanation of consciousness awake not awake but the particular research in that arena was not spoken to The author has carved out his own explanation of brain organization and does so through his writing with sober thinking and rationality Got only a few tidbit [...]

    12. Easily the worst book I ve ever read If you love neuroscience then you shouldn t touch this book with a 10 foot pole 200 literary citations and almost no empirical evidence to back up any of the author s claims Throw in some anti science sentiments and a secret religious agenda added in at the end of the book, I can almost guarantee anyone capable of critical thought will walk away feeling offended The copy I bought now lives in a trash can so hopefully no one else can be afflicted by it.

    13. I like it but I do not love it I don t feel like I had an earth shattering insight while reading and the first third was a bit tough for me personally to get through but after that it took me just one or two days to finish It felt a bit repetitive here and there but I thoroughly enjoyed his style of writing have to say that I read the german translation, but I think it should be roughly the same in english.

    14. The author has interesting ideas on the nature of the human mind, consciousness, memories and feelings To be fair I found the writing at times unengaging, although I did appreciate the frequent quotes from great works of literature and philosophy There is a very good summary in the conclusion that puts everything together and provides the framework that the rest of the book is sometimes lacking.

    15. This complicated book argues that consciousness is a dynamic time varying system, and refutes the static, computational model of the human mind After examining in great detail the spectrum of consciousness between objective thinking and subjective being, the author advocates a return to depth psychology and a revolutionary view of phenomenological introspection.

    16. This is a great look at consciousness from a philosophical point of view, through the lens of good literature and some solid research I did not walk away from this book with any Eureka types of insights, but this is a book that will be on my nightstand for easy review later when coming across some of it s concepts again.

    17. I don t know, I couldn t connect with this book as a whole There were chapters and sections I liked that had some useful takeaways, like chapter 6 on the Creativity Spectrum My 2 stars could be your 3.

    18. Wonderful affirmation that the mind is a unique and mysterious organ that we may never fully understand, and that is quite alright.

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