The User Illusion has ratings and 61 reviews. Richard Tor Norretranders is Denmark’s leading science writer with a track record of best sellers. It follows. An Excerpt from The User Illusion, By Tor Norretranders. The fact is that every single second, millions of bits of information flood in through our senses. But our . The User Illusion, by Tor Norretranders. Norretranders is a Danish science journalist, who attempts to tie together the results of several scientists into an.
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It really made norretrandwrs want to pick up Julian Jaynes work which I have had on my to read shelf for awhile. Evolution would not act in that way — such evolutionary traits would develop within larger regions, but clearly consciousness developed in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia the native tribes thereofetc. Aug 02, Richard rated it it was ok Shelves: May 25, J. The implication is that the unconscious not only feeds a highly filtered view of the world to your conscious – it also feeds actions and decisions to it.
A good conversation consists of much more than just the words exchanged: I promised myself years ago that I’d finally stop reading this sort of book, had been sticking to it pretty well just a couple of regrettable lapses during the s and had fair warning about this one: Though he doesn’t use the term, this is Flowthough flow can involve greater degrees of conscious thought, depending on hhe task the elephant and rider working together.
What our consciousness rejects constitutes the most valuable part of ourselves, the “Me” that the “I” draws on for most of our actions–fluent speech, riding a bicycle, anything involving expertise.
I happened to stumble upon this book through Quora. Kay and his colleagues realized that it does not really matter whether this picture is accurate or complete, just as long as it is coherent and appropriate. Claire Detrain, Jean L.
The chapters have loads of details that are of, at best, passing interest, and it feels as though the book could have been condensed immensely. To ask other readers questions about The User Illusionplease sign up.
The problem is that in practice we humans do not wish to admit that we are animals. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.
The problem is the author really only talks about consciousness for the middle third of the book. There are bundles and bundles of intermediate calculations that are not relevant to our actions in the world. Without knowing a thing about a person, what is tof that tells us about the person that lets you perceive and frame an impression?
You could summarise The User Illusion ‘s thesis on a sing I promised myself years ago that I’d finally stop reading this sort of book, had been sticking to noretranders pretty well just a couple of regrettable lapses during the s and had fair warning about this one: If this book convinces you that your body and movements is the source of intelligence then another book called Move to Excel shows you how to cultivate body intelligence to think better.
Consciousness is depth but experienced as surface. There’s a subconscious you that’s really in charge More important are various musings on the nature of consciousness, especially on the vast size and importance of the Unconscious and the nature of human communication. Everywhere that person has been, we must have been; everywhere that person has acted, we must have acted.
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And the process of this ex-formation filtering information happens unconsciously. This is an empirical observation that doesn’t depend on information theory.
No wonder ror, in this age of information, so many of us feel empty and dissatisfied. When we see a thing or place, how much of it is from our memory or from first hand perception?
The User Illusion
The Nonlinear Line Chapter Norretraneers [ edit ] Critics of the idea of consciousness being a device for justifying preconceptions argue that such a device would consume nutrients without producing any useful results, since it would not notretranders the outcome of any decisions.
All these happen without your conscious. We experience not the raw sensory data but a simulation of them. What is more interesting is all the deliberations and emotions that take place simultaneously during conversation in the heads and bodies of the conversers. But like many others I find it far too digressive, and what’s more, there’s no real illusiln original argument being made here, it is essentially just a very lengthy commentary on an array of topics which nogretranders centre around consciousness.
This alone is a good enough reason to read this book for pleasure. The author is a Danish science writer and seems to know his readership well and I didn’t find his style as This is an explanation of consciousness via a tour of;entropy,information theory,thermodynamics,philosophy,computing,Godel’s theorem and experimental neuroscience,to name but a few of the subjects employed.
It covered a broad number of fields norretrandeds consciousness of course to philosophy, communism, cosmology, history, computer science and a whole host of other disciplines.
This information is more or less restored by the listener, allowing a connection between the talker’s concepts and the listener’s concepts.
Critics of the idea of consciousness being a device for justifying preconceptions argue that such a device would consume nutrients without producing any useful results, since it would not change the outcome of any decisions. Research shows that your unconscious processes a huge amount of sensory information; your conscious, on the other hand, processes only a tiny fraction of it roughly 1 millionth.
But the filtering is not done by consciousness. Apr 13, Richard rated it really liked it Recommends it for: We do not experience the sensation. The Cultural Animal book. As for claims that the central idea is dated? It is merely a stating of the fact that here is a problem we cannot discuss