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January 26, 2020

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Note: Shimon Edelman has written three non-fiction books: [1] THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us about the Good Life [2012); [2] COMPUTING THE MIND; and [3] REPRESENTATION AND RECOGNITION IN VISION; and a novel in 2014 called BEGINNINGS. The books should be read and discussed throughout the Humanist Galaxy.

Edelman is Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and along with his books, he is the author of dozens of scholarly publications in theoretical neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence, all focusing on reverse-engineering the human brain. He was trained as an electrical engineer, who was motivated to study the brain and use reverse engineering to apply conceptual tools from computer science to understand the mind.

Further, he explained in the book review for his novel, Beginnings, that he wrote the nonfiction science book, The Happiness of Pursuit, to explain (to readers and himself) what it means to be human and how that affects the ways in which we humans can be happy.

Then he wrote the science fiction novel, Beginnings, in order to "take that quest to the personal level." [text paraphrased for coherence]. The following quotation is Edelman's statement about why he wrote the book: "At some point, as I grew older, I began to feel that most of the memories that define who I am are too elusive. My remembered life seemed all of a sudden merely a bare outline of a story, a pale ghost of what living it must have felt like. It was that feeling --- what it felt like to experience my life, to be me --- that I sought after."

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THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT:
What neuroscience can teach
us about the good life

by Shimon Edelman
Basic Books, 2012 (pages 237)


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