The Race for Consciousness by John G. Taylor
(Bradford Books)

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There is a sense among scientists that the time is finally ripe for the problem of
consciousness to be solved once and for all. The development of new experimental and theoretical
tools for probing the brain has produced an atmosphere of unparalleled optimism that the job can now
be done properly: The race for consciousness is on!

In this book, John Taylor
describes the complete scene of entries, riders, gamblers, and racecourses. He presents his own
entry into the race, which he has been working on for the past twenty-five years -- the relational
theory of consciousness, according to which consciousness is created through the relations between
brain states, especially those involving memories of personal experiences. Because it is an ongoing
and adaptive process, consciousness emerges from past brain activity. It is this highly subtle and
delicate process of emergence that leads to the complexity of consciousness. Taylor does not just
present another theory of consciousness, but makes comprehensible the nuts-and-bolts methodology
behind the myriad attempts to win the race.

 

About John G. Taylor

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John G. Taylor is Emeritus Professor and Director, Centre for Neural Networks, Kings College, University of London, and Guest Scientist, Institute of Medicine, Research Centre, Juelich, Germany. He has published more than four hundred papers in quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, string theory, neural networks, time series, pattern recognition, and cognitive neuroscience. He is also a prominent debunker of pseudoscience.
 
Published June 8, 1999 by A Bradford Book. 392 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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While the topic is esoteric, and his discussion sometimes hard going for the lay reader, Taylor avoids the obfuscation of professional jargon and makes a case for his own favorite theory, relational consciousness, by which ""consciousness arises through evocation of past memories and their interm...

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