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Great Brain Training Books / Steven W. Smith, The Inner Light Theory of Consciousness
« Last post by randdguy on January 26, 2018, 07:39:02 PM »
Steven W. Smith, The Inner Light Theory of Consciousness

If you want to learn about your brain and how your consciousness works, this book is probably one of the best to read first.
The author, who is an engineer and one of the foremost experts on digital signal processing, has written with as much clarity as may be possible about a very complicated subject matter.
The book is a bit dated, considering the tremendous expansion of neuroscience knowledge since 2001, but the theory for the most part still stands, IMO.
The title comes from a Star Trek episode that you ought to view as you read the book.  The Inner Light, Episode 125 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is one of the most popular in the series.
Following is a summary from the author.

"The Inner Light Theory of Consciousness is based on an extraordinary assertion: human awareness exists within a manufactured reality, something that is distinct and separate from the external physical universe.  Our ability to dream shows that the brain contains the neural machinery to accomplish this feat.  Further, the nature of human perception provides strong evidence that this reality creating machine is activated whenever we are conscious, and that we can be aware of nothing but this artificial reality."


"The human mind appears to us in two completely different ways. On one hand, science sees the mind as the operation of the brain, the electrochemical activity in a vast network of nerve cells. But on the other hand, we each see ourselves as a conscious being, capable of thinking, feeling, and experiencing the world around us. We see the redness of a rose, smell its fragrance, and appreciate its beauty. We contemplate the meaning of life, and freely decide how to think and act. These aspects of the mind seem to entail something beyond the physical world, something that is fundamentally different from the machine-like operation of the brain.
But how can this be? How can the mind appear as one thing from the outside, but as an entirely different thing from the inside? This paradox has haunted scientists and philosophers since the beginning of man’s history."

You can buy the book on Amazon from the following link:

or, you can download/read a digital copy for free from the author's site at:
Great Brain Training Books / Jim Namaste's Your Deep Personality
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When you are sorting through "the most important books" anybody ought to read to train your brain to be great" what/who would you recommend somebody read first?

Peter Wohlleben's Hidden Life of Trees?  I threw that in even though it supposedly has nothing to do with the human brain, or does it?  Perhaps it deserves to be first on the list.

Martha Stout's book on multiple personalities is very high on my list because I believe that, in a very real way, we all have "multiple personalities", meaning neural networks that represent a separated personality within our selves.

As somebody who completed advanced training in clinical psychology, and some neuro-psychology, I had been skeptical about the multiple personality phenomenon until I read Martha's book.

Today we know that the brain is modular in its construction with many cross connections.  In the abstract that sounds great, but I do not believe that we can practically "wrap our minds" around the actual complexity of how that works.

There is nothing iike reading about the real-life human beings who figuratively and concretely struggle with their personality "modules" to get some understanding about the workings of the brain has it affects our behavior.

This is definitely a book to buy if you have any interest in learning something about your self and your potential.

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