Whimsical and otherworldly, sometimes disturbing, other times persuasively rational,
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This review is from: The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
This book puts into place an alternative perspective of how we process information. It is neither too religious nor excessively academic, and is highly inquisitive about questions of philosophical grounding from many other perspectives: scientific, literary, mathematical. When reading it I had the perception that thinkers of the world have been pondering the nature of our humanity and the means to replicate or sustain it, albeit from many disciplines with varied ends in mind. In searching for answers, evidence, and sometimes resolutions to this pressing question of the unique human consciousness, the selected texts and the analyses made me consider the finer distinctions and multitude of similarities between concepts from seemingly disparate schools of thought.
Some of the selected texts I preferred greatly (and thus re-read them). Others I found a bit jarring for my tastes and did not engage particularly deeply with them, finding them somewhat too literary or incoherent for my tastes. Then again, it is Jorge Luis Borges we are talking about ;-) and he does enjoy shocking his readers and leaving them discombobulated.
Overall, if you are a curious observer of humanity and enjoy wondering what the substance of the mind and identity is, this is a read that pulls things together and puts it all in one place for you. And then you can continue your random thoughts ... :-)