now for something completely
Some day I will write a more organized account of
the Dead Hand of Plato and how it guides physical
scientists and mathematicians
even today. For now I only point here and
here for a few comments on these
matters, but suggest that Ernst Mayr's book
The Growth of Biological
Thought is a good place to get started on an investigation
of why physicists
tend to have such a hard time cooperating with biologists in the study
of life. I suggest Murray Gell-Mann (see his book
The Quark and the Jaguar) as an example of a physicist who knows the correct way to deal
with biology. Below are four books that illustrate the attempt by physical
scientists to avoid Consilience (see E. O. Wilson's book by that
name) and place the
study of consciousness within the restricted world
of physics. For the most balanced account of quantum consciousness by a
Emperor's New Mind
by Roger Penrose. Brain Physics for Mystics.
Now I have to read his new
book, too? Check out another view.
Mind by Nick
Herbert. He may go where others fear to venture, but does that mean
we should follow? Teaser.
the Mind: on the nature of matter and the origin of consciousness
by A.G. Cairns-Smith.
A real mind trip to go for 175 pages of the physics-to-minds hierarchy
and then fall
off into oblivion.
The Creative Loop by Erich
This book is sub-titled, How the Brain Makes a Mind, but it is really
about the how results of Harth's personal introspection combines with the
anti-determinist's interpretation of quantum mechanics to create something
My comments on Harth's book.
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