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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I just couldn't stay engaged.? Even though this is a newer book, it doesn't really seem to be breaking news to me... more personal philosophy, and lots of cultural (both classical and pop) allusions ... Read full review

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Part personal memoir, part popularization of science, and part philosophical speculation on the mind/body problem, Christoff Koch has written a deeply personal and profound book on understanding the ... Read full review

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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

A modest-sized, informal, personal memoir by the neuroscientist who worked on the neural correlates of consciousness with Francis Crick until the latter's death. Most notably, in my view, he comes out ... Read full review

Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist

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Part memoir and part hard science, this latest by Koch (cognitive & behavioral biology, Caltech; The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach) describes how psychology, physics, and ... Read full review

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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!

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