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One cannot mention Koch without including Francis Crick---as they go together like Matzo and ball. Though too many to name here, the accolades of this author would fill a twelve-page CV. In brief, Koch taught at California Institute of Technology and elegantly vibrates our silvery web like tangle of the mind with the question, what is consciousness? He equates the brain to a psychic experience having a plus or minus one charge.
“And that inverted bowl we call the Sky.
Whereunder crawling coop’t we live and die,
Lift not thy hands to It for help---for it
rolls impotently on as Thou or I.”
---Omar Khayyam (Rubiyat)"
Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist is a velvety warm read. Understanding “from nothing comes nothing” is something familiar to our senses. Koch jumps with us into the “schwarz” void and we probe the riddle of our existence. For example, in a brain existing without a cerebellum, why are there so few cognitive defects like: ataxia, unsteady gait or slurred speech?
Engaging read, imparting a latte art cappuccino-like experience feeling superb as the caffeine slowly permeated my being and injected bright color into my “bÍte noire” microcosm. Life in its complexity we may come to find is an unrelenting quest of survival acting as an engine propelling evolution forward. Must read for erudition hungry physics, medical and philosophy devotees. Read, ponder and deduce!