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Radiant Cool : A Novel Theory of Consciousness - Dan Lloyd

Radiant Cool

A Novel Theory of Consciousness

By: Dan Lloyd

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780262621939
Number Of Pages: 357
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Gold Award Winner for Philosophy in the 2003 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Professor Grue is dead (or is he?). When graduate student/sleuth Miranda Sharpe discovers him slumped over his keyboard, she does the sensible thing--she grabs her dissertation and runs. Little does she suspect that soon she will be probing the heart of two mysteries, trying to discover what happened to Max Grue, and trying to solve the profound neurophilosophical problem of consciousness. "Radiant Cool" may be the first novel of ideas that actually breaks new theoretical ground, as Dan Lloyd uses a neo-noir (neuro-noir?), hard-boiled framework to propose a new theory of consciousness. In the course of her sleuthing, Miranda encounters characters who share her urgency to get to the bottom of the mystery of consciousness, although not always with the most innocent motives. Who holds the key to Max Grue's ultimate vision? Is it the computer-inspired pop psychologist talk-show host? The video-gaming geek with a passion for artificial neural networks? The Russian multi-dimensional data detective, or the sophisticated neuroscientist with the big book contract? Ultimately Miranda teams up with the author's fictional alter ego, "Dan Lloyd," and together they build on the phenomenological theories of philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) to construct testable hypotheses about the implementation of consciousness in the brain. Will the clues of phenomenology and neuroscience converge in time to avert a catastrophe? (The dramatic ending cannot be revealed here.) Outside the fictional world of the novel, Dan Lloyd (the author) appends a lengthy afterword, explaining the proposed theory of consciousness in more scholarly form. "Radiant Cool" is a real metaphysical thriller--based in current philosophy of mind--and a genuine scientific detective story--revealing a new interpretation of functional brain imaging. With its ingenious plot and its novel theory, "Radiant Cool" will be enjoyed in the classroom and the study for its entertaining presentation of phenomenology, neural networks, and brain imaging; but, most importantly, it will find its place as a groundbreaking theory of consciousness."

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"I had dreamed of writing a book like this someday, and Lloyd has done it, taking us backstage and explaining how the brain plays its tricks creating the benign illusions of consciousness: amazing." - Daniel C. Dennett, TLS, "Books of the Year"; "A book that is both a gripping story and an intellectual challenge." - Susan Blackmore, New Scientist

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologuep. xv
The Thrill of Phenomenologyp. 1
The Real Firefly: Reflections on a Science of Consciousnessp. 223
The Wrong Toolbox?p. 225
One and Many Consciousnessesp. 227
Detectorheadsp. 229
Houses, Faces, Chairsp. 232
The Real Fireflyp. 237
Clever Leeches and Sympathetic Thermostatsp. 239
Everything Goesp. 245
Real Life: The Subjective View of Objectivityp. 249
Stage 1: Intentionalityp. 252
Stage 2: Superpositionp. 254
Stage 3: Transcendencep. 258
Stage 4: Temporalityp. 260
Stage 5: Temporality (1), the Threefold Presentp. 262
Stage 6: Temporality (2), the Order of Momentsp. 267
Stage 7: Temporality (3), Phenomenal Recursivityp. 270
The Rest of the Storyp. 273
Brains in Toylandp. 275
Beep ... Boopp. 277
CNVnetp. 278
Into the Netp. 284
Having It Allp. 291
Our Multivariate Worldp. 298
Toy Temporalityp. 300
What Is It Like to Be a Net?p. 305
Braintimep. 309
Indices of Temporalityp. 310
Tributaries of the Streamp. 318
Retention Revealedp. 325
To the Futurep. 328
And Beyond?p. 328
Sources and Notesp. 333
Referencesp. 351
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ISBN: 9780262621939
ISBN-10: 0262621932
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 357
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.51