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This is an auction for THE ASTONISHING HYPOTHESIS: THE SCIENTIFIC SEARCH FOR THE SOUL by Francis Crick.

"Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Crick (co-discoverer of the double helix) takes readers to the forefront of modern brain research. He argues that our minds can be explained, without recourse to concepts of a soul, in terms of the interactions of nerve cells and associated molecules. Crick delves into the nature of consciousness by focusing on visual awareness - an active, constructive process in which the brain selectively combines discrete elements into meaningful images. Early chapters include numerous interactive illustrations to demonstrate the brain's shortcuts, tricks and habits of visual perception. In later chapters Crick discusses neural networks--electronic pathways that can "remember" patterns or produce spoken language--and outlines research strategies designed to pinpoint the brain's "awareness neurons" that enable us to see."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Amazon.com review:

"FIVE STARS!! This is one of the top 10 science books I have read. Francis Crick argues that there is no mind-body problem: there is only the body. Your soul is basically a complex pattern of neurons in your brain. This book presents a large body of promising and highly interesting anecdotal evidence. Since it's a huge subject, Crick focuses mainly on how vision affects consciousness. The book is filled with fascinating stories about people with brain trauma and how it affected their behaviour, their personality... their SOUL."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 1994.

317 pages.

Diagrams and other illustrations throughout.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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