Within You and Without You

By David Eagleman March 21, 2016 7:04 p.m. ET 2 COMMENTS One of the great mysteries of modern science is that of consciousness. What is the difference between a computer and a brain? The former moves around zeros and ones, but only the latter enjoys the beauty of a sunset, the pain of a stubbed toe, the smell of cinnamon. Consciousness is what allows us to stroll through corridors of memory and to live a rich internal life while sitting, motionless, on a chair. Presumably, computers don’t experience any of this. The problem of consciousness sits at the heart of neuroscience, and it is into this question that Yale computer-science professor David Gelernter steps with his fascinating “The Tides of Mind.” At the heart of Mr. Gelernter’s book is a…


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