collapse collapse

* Hot Topics

* Recent Posts

No posts were found.

* Upcoming Events

January 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 [23] 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

No calendar events were found.

* User Info

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Author Topic: Steven W. Smith, The Inner Light Theory of Consciousness  (Read 94 times)


  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 22
    • View Profile
Steven W. Smith, The Inner Light Theory of Consciousness
« on: July 30, 2017, 04:02:38 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:


* Top Boards

* Top Poster

22 Posts
5 Posts
3 Posts
Hugh Reilly
1 Posts
Stan Bylsma Stan Bylsma
0 Posts

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 2
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 0

There aren't any users online.