Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

[Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts]
Year: 
2014
Public: 
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of publication: 
2014
Pages: 
352
Moral Assessment: 
Type: Thought
Nothing inappropriate.
Requires prior general knowledge of the subject.
Readers with knowledgeable about the subject matter.
Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
Whilst not being explicitly against the faith, the general approach or its main points are ambiguous or opposed to the Church’s teachings.
Incompatible with Catholic doctrine.
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The rating of the different categories comes from the opinion of Delibris' collaborators

This book belongs to those that contain extremely competent and valuable information, especially from chapter 2 onwards. The author has pioneered experimental research in detectable aspects of consciousness, and reviews ideas, experiments, techniques and results in a compelling way. Chapter 1 introduces the importance of the topic using the narrative scheme "until now we knew nothing (and there was religion roaming free), but finally we are going to understand something thanks to science". To be fair, there is no open claim for materialism and atheism. The author is also very emphatic in stressing that progress has come from identifying a measurable manifestation of consciousness, called "conscious access", and that this is not all there is to consciousness. A mature believer will not feel excessive pain passing through those lines, though they may be a bit unpleasant. And maybe it is worth while moving on because the rest of the book is very informative. After all, much worse materialism is rampant in a good fraction of the popular literature on neuroscience, and this book has the advantage of having been written by a protagonist whose competence cannot be questioned.

Valerio Scarani, Italy, 2019