The Resource Shadows of the mind : a search for the missing science of consciousness, Roger Penrose

Shadows of the mind : a search for the missing science of consciousness, Roger Penrose

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Shadows of the mind : a search for the missing science of consciousness
Title
Shadows of the mind
Title remainder
a search for the missing science of consciousness
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Roger Penrose
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eng
Summary
  • A New York Times bestseller when it appeared in 1989, Roger Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind was universally hailed as a marvelous survey of modern physics as well as a brilliant reflection on the human mind, offering a new perspective on the scientific landscape and a visionary glimpse of the possible future of science. Now, in Shadows of the Mind, Penrose offers another exhilarating look at modern science as he mounts an even more powerful attack on artificial intelligence. But perhaps more important, in this volume he points the way to a new science, one that may eventually explain the physical basis of the human mind
  • Penrose contends that some aspects of the human mind lie beyond computation. This is not a religious argument (that the mind is something other than physical) nor is it based on the brain's vast complexity (the weather is immensely complex, says Penrose, but it is still a computable thing, at least in theory). Instead, he provides powerful arguments to support his conclusion that there is something in the conscious activity of the brain that transcends computation - and will find no explanation in terms of present-day science. To illuminate what he believes this "something" might be, and to suggest where a new physics must proceed so that we may understand it, Penrose cuts a wide swathe through modern science, providing penetrating looks at everything from Turing computability and Godel's incompleteness, via Schrodinger's Cat and the Elitzur-Vaidman bomb-testing problem, to detailed microbiology
  • Of particular interest is Penrose's extensive examination of quantum mechanics, which introduces some new ideas that differ markedly from those advanced in The Emperor's New Mind, especially concerning the mysterious interface where classical and quantum physics meet. But perhaps the most interesting wrinkle in Shadows of the Mind is Penrose's excursion into microbiology, where he examines cytoskeletons and microtubules, minute substructures lying deep within the brain's neurons. (He argues that microtubules - not neurons - may indeed be the basic units of the brain, which, if nothing else, would dramatically increase the brain's computational power.) Furthermore, he contends that in consciousness some kind of global quantum state must take place across large areas of the brain, and that it is within microtubules that these collective quantum effects are most likely to reside
  • . For physics to accommodate something that is as foreign to our current physical picture as is the phenomenon of consciousness, we must expect a profound change - one that alters the very underpinnings of our philosophical viewpoint as to the nature of reality. Shadows of the Mind provides an illuminating look at where these profound changes may take place and what our future understanding of the world may be
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Penrose, Roger
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
Q335
LC item number
.P416 1994
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Thought and thinking
  • Gödel's theorem
  • Quantum theory
  • Physics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Thinking
  • Quantum Theory
  • Thérorie quantique
  • Sciences
  • Philosophie
  • Intelligence artificielle
  • Théorème de Gödel
  • Intelligence artificielle
  • Pensée
  • Gödel, Théorème de
  • Théorie quantique
  • Physique
  • Intelligence informatique
  • Sciences cognitives
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Gödel's theorem
  • Physics
  • Quantum theory
  • Thought and thinking
  • Denken
  • Bewustzijn
  • Theorema van Gödel
  • Kunstmatige intelligentie
  • Conscience
  • Pensée
  • Physique
  • Intelligence artificielle
  • Théorie quantique
  • Gödel, Théorème de
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Shadows of the mind : a search for the missing science of consciousness, Roger Penrose
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https://archive.org/details/shadowsofmindsea00penr_0
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [425]-445) and index
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Contents
pt. I. Why We Need New Physics to Understand the Mind: The Non-Computability of Conscious Thought. 1. Consciousness and computation. 2. The Godelian case. 3. The case for non-computability in mathematical thought -- pt. II. What New Physics We Need to Understand the Mind: The Quest for a Non-Computational Physics of Mind. 4. Does mind have a place in classical physics? 5. Structure of the quantum world. 6. Quantum theory and reality. 7. Quantum theory and the brain. 8. Implications?
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25 cm
Extent
xvi, 457 pages
Isbn
9780198539780
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94012887
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center has author's autograph presentation copy to Rosalyn Tureck, with her marginalia; notes removed to ephemera file.
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)30593111
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Shadows of the mind : a search for the missing science of consciousness, Roger Penrose
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https://archive.org/details/shadowsofmindsea00penr_0
Publication
Contributor
Donor
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [425]-445) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Why We Need New Physics to Understand the Mind: The Non-Computability of Conscious Thought. 1. Consciousness and computation. 2. The Godelian case. 3. The case for non-computability in mathematical thought -- pt. II. What New Physics We Need to Understand the Mind: The Quest for a Non-Computational Physics of Mind. 4. Does mind have a place in classical physics? 5. Structure of the quantum world. 6. Quantum theory and reality. 7. Quantum theory and the brain. 8. Implications?
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 457 pages
Isbn
9780198539780
Lccn
94012887
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center has author's autograph presentation copy to Rosalyn Tureck, with her marginalia; notes removed to ephemera file.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)30593111

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