ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST GALAXY OF
SECULAR BRAIN SCIENCE STARS
September 23, 2019
Paul L. Nunez has written several important brain science books, which should be read and discussed throughout the Humanist Galaxy.
This revised edition of his 2010 book is extremely important since Nunez is an expert at organizing the complexity of modern secular humanistic thinking about human consciousness: NEW SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Exploring the complexity of brain, mind, and self, which is published by Prometheus Books, 2010, 2016 rev. ed. (350 pages)
Professor Nunez's 2010 book, Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality, addressed both the easy and hard problems of consciousness. Many people view human consciousness as one of the following: 1) Nothing but a byproduct of sensory, motor, and memory information processing, essentially saying that the hard problem is just an illusion; 2) Something mystical that lies beyond scientific purview, implying that the hard problem is just too hard for us deal with; or 3) Explained by flaky ideas, pseudo quantum mechanics, or appeals to fuzzy theology.
By contrast, Professor Nunez's new book, New Science of Consciousness, is based upon hard science but written for a general audience. The book involves ideas from philosophy, religion, ethics, neuroscience, physics, engineering, and cosmology without the equations in the 2010 book. The equations have been replaced by carefully chosen analogues and metaphors in the main text.
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