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The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self

 
 
 
 
The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self
Author: Thomas Metzinger
ISBN 13: 9780465020690
ISBN 10: 465020690
Edition: First Trade Paper Edition
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2010-07-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $17.99
 
 

A radical rethinking of the nature of consciousness

Publishers Weekly

Consciousness, mind, brain, self: the relations among these four entities are explored by German cognitive scientist and theoretical philosopher Metzinger, who argues that, in fact, "there is no such thing as a self." In prose accessible mainly to those schooled in philosophy and science, Metzinger defines the ego as the phenomenal self, which knows the world experientially as it "subjectively appear[s] to you." But neuroscientific experiments have demonstrated, among other things, that the unitary sense of self is a subjective representation: for instance, one can be fooled into feeling sensations in a detached artificial arm. So the author argues that the ego is a "tunnel" that bores into reality and limits what you can see, hear, smell and feel. Metzinger tests his theory by ranging over events of the consciousness such as out-of-body experiences, lucid dreaming and free will, and he concludes by probing ethical actions and what a good state of consciousness would look like. Most readers will have difficulty penetrating Metzinger's ideas, and those who do will find little that is genuinely new. (Apr.)

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