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Putting Ourselves Back in the Equation

Why Physicists Are Studying Human Consciousness and AI to Unravel the Mysteries of the Universe

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'A delightful account of one of the deepest and most fascinating explorations going on today.' —Carlo Rovelli

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Detaljer

Forlag
Oneworld Publications
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780861547197
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
23 x 15 cm

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'A delightful account of one of the deepest and most fascinating explorations going on today.' —Carlo Rovelli

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'The renowned science writer George Musser has taken on one of our time’s greatest issues: AI, how it works, and what makes it so powerful. This masterfully written book shows a surprising connection with theoretical physics.' —Max Tegmark, author of Life 3.0

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Musser is to be applauded for tackling both consciousness and the quantum realm... He joins a distinguished list of thinkers... Musser's book is readable and enthusiastic, packed with first-person anecdotes.’ —TLS

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'[Musser] has assembled a vast array of ideas from developments in artificial intelligence, heterodox interpretations of modern physics, and philosophies of science and mind, and has interviewed many of the scientists and philosophers behind these theories.' —Washington Post

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'The philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote once: "The starry heavens begin at the place I occupy in the external world of sense, and they broaden the connection in which I stand into an unbounded magnitude of worlds beyond worlds." In this captivating book, George Musser takes us on a fascinating tour of the modern, surprising connections scientists discover between the cosmos and our inner world of consciousness.' —Mario Livio, astrophysicist and author of The Golden Ratio

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‘If you’re interested in how your mind works, what its limitations are and how it connects to the rest of the cosmos, [this is] a fascinating read.’ —BBC Sky at Night, ****

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'I couldn't put this book down. The science of what makes reality tick, and what makes us conscious, all explored with lively, inviting prose that draws the reader in, from cover to cover.' —Susan Schneider, author of Artificial You: AI and the Future of the Mind

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'Putting Ourselves Back in the Equation is a remarkable book. It offers a wonderful treatment of bleeding edge issues in the physics of consciousness, asking whether we are sentient observers of the universe or whether the universe emerges from our sentient observations. George Musser leaves the reader with burning questions about our place in the universe (or vice versa)—questions whose answers seem tantalizingly within reach.' —Karl J. Friston FRS, professor of neuroscience at UCL

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'Fifty years ago, the great theoretical physicist P. W. Anderson wrote an essay titled "More is different." He tried to explain how when "more" is large enough, it begets "new phenomena" entirely unlike the entities of which there are "more." In this book, George Musser entices the reader to ask whether in the gap between consciousness, qualia, and free will, on the one hand, and neurons, networks, electrophysiology, quantum mechanics, and neuroanatomy on the other, there might now be a new scientific synthesis necessary. Putting Ourselves Back in the Equation is sprightly, a good read, and beguiled this reader into thinking once again about "More is different."' —John Hopfield, professor emeritus at Princeton University and former president of the American Physical Society

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'George Musser is one of my favourite science writers of all timePutting Ourselves Back in the Equation is an important book that will inform both the future of physics and the philosophy of mind.' —Annaka Harris, author of Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

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'George Musser delivers stunning clarity on mother nature’s toughest puzzles. The reader will discover some things they thought they understood they don't. And mercifully, some things they thought they would never understand they now do. Putting Ourselves Back in the Equation is a great book.' —Michael S. Gazzaniga, author of The Consciousness Instinct

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'In Putting Ourselves Back in the Equation, George Musser takes us on a fascinating journey that links the deepest mechanisms of human consciousness to the most advanced developments in AI.' —Guido Tonelli, author of Genesis

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