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The ego tunnel
the science of the mind and the myth of the self
VerfasserIn: Metzinger, Thomas
Verfasserangabe: Thomas Metzinger
Jahr: 2009
Verlag: New York, Basic Books
Mediengruppe: Buch
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From Publishers WeeklyConsciousness, mind, brain, self: the relations among these four entities are explored by German cognitive scientist and theoretical philosopher Metzinger, who argues that, in fact, there is no such thing as a self. In prose accessible mainly to those schooled in philosophy and science, Metzinger defines the ego as the phenomenal self, which knows the world experientially as it subjectively appear[s] to you. But neuroscientific experiments have demonstrated, among other things, that the unitary sense of self is a subjective representation: for instance, one can be fooled into feeling sensations in a detached artificial arm. So the author argues that the ego is a tunnel that bores into reality and limits what you can see, hear, smell and feel. Metzinger tests his theory by ranging over events of the consciousness such as out-of-body experiences, lucid dreaming and free will, and he concludes by probing ethical actions and what a good state of consciousness would look like. Most readers will have difficulty penetrating Metzinger's ideas, and those who do will find little that is genuinely new. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. ReviewLibrary Journal"Metzinger's intended audience is the lay reader, and he does a superb job of presenting his theory and introducing philosophical issues related to consciousness."Booklist"Groundbreaking. This sophisticated understanding of the brain as an ego machine accounts remarkably well for the lived experience of being someone, a someone who transforms a bombardment of stimuli into a seamless present while still engaging in off-line planning for the future and reflection on the past."
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VerfasserIn: Metzinger, Thomas
VerfasserInnenangabe: Thomas Metzinger
Jahr: 2009
Verlag: New York, Basic Books
Systematik: PI.LN, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Englisch [Sprache]
ISBN: 978-0-465-02069-0
2. ISBN: 0-465-02069-0
Beschreibung: XII, 276 S.
Sprache: Englisch
Originaltitel: Der Ego-Tunnel <engl.>
Fußnote: Text engl.
Mediengruppe: Buch