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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of science and philosophy that is both profound and 'spiritual'
'Profound' is a much overused word but, with reference to Thomas Metzinger's book, 'The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self', it is wholly appropriate. This is a book that extends far below the surface of things, beyond the external and the superficial, that penetrates to the depth of our being and which touches, as a result, on the very things...
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1.0 out of 5 stars For me, disappointing
I was quite excited to receive this book having read both the reviews and the blurb. After reading it I'm sadly feeling thoroughly mis-sold. I've been mulling over what he says in his book for a few weeks and I can't help but wonder what he is introducing in this book that is radical or even new. Many examples he uses are fairly common choices for authors to use in...
Published on 9 Mar. 2011 by Simon D


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4.0 out of 5 stars Being a virtual self inside a virtual reality, 13 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self (Paperback)
According to Thomas Metzinger, we live in a sort of virtual reality. Everything that we experience is ''a virtual self in a virtual reality''......
Our brains are effectively onboard computers creating a ''transparent'' real time virtual reality of it's environment... In Metzingers words: ''Our brains create a world simulation, so perfect that we do not recognize it as an image in our minds.''

The colors of the setting sun is not a property of the evening sky. It is a property of the internal model for the evening sky, a model created by the brain.
And it gets worse:
We are not even in direct contact with our own bodies...What we feel is an illusion....not reality, but virtual reality. Strictly speaking, and on the level of conscious experience alone, you live live in a virtual body and not in a real one...

And certainly, in the future, understanding our minds in this light might lead to whole new experiences:
Metzingers envisions a future where people goes a little further with technology that just playing video games and experiment with virtual reality for fun.
Indeed, some might use new technology to explore the universe of altered states of consciousness in a quest for meaning. E.g. Have their temporal lobes ticled by
advanced technology, leadning to all sorts of new experiences.

Exciting times ahead !

-Simon
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoughts to feed your life, 31 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self (Paperback)
If you want to have an impact into your life decision making, you need to know how your mind works. this book ca help you to reach it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone., 4 May 2013
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A difficult read, makes you wonder why you bothered.Purely a personal opinion, but I got nothing out of this book.
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