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Scientist out of his Depth
on 12 September 2013
Despite writing a lot about how successful he is, even proclaiming himself to be Francis Crick's 'intellectual son', Koch offers very little in terms of original thought. The new developments in neuroscience he presents are relatively uninspiring and his contribution to the free will debate is immature and thus irrelevant.
Near the end of the book he admits that he has become a panpsychist, but says it in a way that betrays shame. He does not expand on the subject and quickly changes the subject to some banal mouse gadgetry in the ensuing penultimate chapter.
Here is a scientist who has been led to Philosophy, commendably, but is out of his depth in these deeper metaphysical fields.