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Fascinating premise, but Nagel's obscurist writing style makes for a frustrating read
on 27 August 2016
This book has proven to be a interesting gateway into the endlessly fascinating subject of panpsychism, an area of philosphy that, in our modern definitions of the subject, walks precariously on a tightrope above the abyss of both reductive materialist and mystical explanations for consciousness. However, for myself, I found Nagel's writing to be incredibly dry and difficult to get a hold on. I felt like it would have made for an easier read if he were to elucidate some of his points in a more visual way (by way of analogy or metaphor), or at the very least, clarified some of his points with examples to help one better understand his arguments. Mind and Cosmos is no doubt an important book in the field of philosophy of mind, though it might seem a tricky read for anyone not already familiar with the subject matter.