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The Feeling of Life Itself by Christof Koch

Title The Feeling of Life Itself
Author Christof Koch
Publisher
Release 2020-09-07
Category
Total Pages 280
ISBN 0262539551
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

An argument that consciousness, more widespread than previously assumed, is the feeling of being alive, not a type of computation or a clever hack. In The Feeling of Life Itself, Christof Koch offers a straightforward definition of consciousness as any subjective experience, from the most mundane to the most exalted--the feeling of being alive. Psychologists study which cognitive operations underpin a given conscious perception. Neuroscientists track the neural correlates of consciousness in the brain, the organ of the mind. But why the brain and not, say, the liver? How can the brain, three pounds of highly excitable matter, a piece of furniture in the universe, subject to the same laws of physics as any other piece, give rise to subjective experience? Koch argues that what is needed to answer these questions is a quantitative theory that starts with experience and proceeds to the brain. In The Feeling of Life Itself, Koch outlines such a theory, based on integrated information. Koch describes how the theory explains many facts about the neurology of consciousness and how it has been used to build a clinically useful consciousness meter. The theory predicts that many, and perhaps all, animals experience the sights and sounds of life; consciousness is much more widespread than conventionally assumed. Contrary to received wisdom, however, Koch argues that programmable computers will not have consciousness. Even a perfect software model of the brain is not conscious. Its simulation is fake consciousness. Consciousness is not a special type of computation--it is not a clever hack. Consciousness is about being.

Life Itself by Boyce Rensberger

Title Life Itself
Author Boyce Rensberger
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Release 1998
Category Science
Total Pages 290
ISBN 9780195125009
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Veteran science writer Boyce Rensberger takes readers to the front lines of cell research with some of the brightest investigators in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. He maintains that the solutions to the most pressing challenges facing scientists today will be found in the innermost workings of the cell. 52 illustrations.

Life Itself by Roger Rosenblatt

Title Life Itself
Author Roger Rosenblatt
Publisher Random House Incorporated
Release 1992
Category Social Science
Total Pages 194
ISBN 9780394582443
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A distinguished commentator on moral and social issues examines why the public debate over abortion has been usurped by the most vociferous of activists, when most Americans admit to profoundly mixed feelings about the issue. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

The Politics of Life Itself by Nikolas Rose

Title The Politics of Life Itself
Author Nikolas Rose
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release 2009-02-09
Category Social Science
Total Pages 368
ISBN 1400827507
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

For centuries, medicine aimed to treat abnormalities. But today normality itself is open to medical modification. Equipped with a new molecular understanding of bodies and minds, and new techniques for manipulating basic life processes at the level of molecules, cells, and genes, medicine now seeks to manage human vital processes. The Politics of Life Itself offers a much-needed examination of recent developments in the life sciences and biomedicine that have led to the widespread politicization of medicine, human life, and biotechnology. Avoiding the hype of popular science and the pessimism of most social science, Nikolas Rose analyzes contemporary molecular biopolitics, examining developments in genomics, neuroscience, pharmacology, and psychopharmacology and the ways they have affected racial politics, crime control, and psychiatry. Rose analyzes the transformation of biomedicine from the practice of healing to the government of life; the new emphasis on treating disease susceptibilities rather than disease; the shift in our understanding of the patient; the emergence of new forms of medical activism; the rise of biocapital; and the mutations in biopower. He concludes that these developments have profound consequences for who we think we are, and who we want to be.

DNA at the Core of Life Itself by Lawrence Lessing

Title DNA at the Core of Life Itself
Author Lawrence Lessing
Publisher
Release 1967
Category DNA.
Total Pages 85
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

DNA is located in the chromosomes of every living cell, and through a coded sequence of chemical units in its inner structure it directs the reproduction and development of every living organism on earth.

Essays on Life Itself by Robert Rosen

Title Essays on Life Itself
Author Robert Rosen
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release 2000
Category Science
Total Pages 361
ISBN 9780231105118
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Compiling twenty articles on the nature of life and on the objective of the natural sciences, this remarkable book complements Robert Rosen's groundbreaking Life Itself -- a work that influenced a wide range of philosophers, biologists, linguists, and social scientists. In Essays on Life Itself, Rosen takes to task the central objective of the natural sciences, calling into question the attempt to create objectivity in a subjective world and forcing us to reconsider where science can lead us in the years to come.

Life Itself by Elaine Dundy

Title Life Itself
Author Elaine Dundy
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2012-01-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 400
ISBN 1405514914
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Author of the celebrated and hilarious THE DUD AVOCADO, the classic novel about a young American ingenue in Paris, Elaine Dundy was born in New York in the 1930s. Her first years were spent in an apartment on Park Avenue until the stock market crash wiped out most of the family's money. She went to university in the south where, among other studies, she worked hard at losing her virginity. Deciding the stage was her true home, Elaine Dundy headed first to Paris and then to London, where she met and married the famous theatre critic Kenneth Tynan. Though their union was intoxicating, it was far from easy and the successful publication in 1958 of her novel finished off the marriage. But it was the opening of a new world of writers for Elaine Dundy, including friendships with Tennessee Williams, Hemingway and Gore Vidal. Extremely funny and extraordinarily honest this wonderfully remembered story of growing up in America is as much a tonic as life itself.

Life Itself by Annie van den Oever

Title Life Itself
Author Annie van den Oever
Publisher Dalkey Archive Press
Release 2008
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 137
ISBN 1564785076
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Life Itself is the first book-length study in English of the great Flemish writer Louis Paul Boon. A.M.A. van den Oever begins by questioning the paradox between Boon's international reputation as a significant innovator of the novel, and the peculiarly reductive biographical interpretations regularly uttered by some of his fellow countrymen and contemporaries. She looks for answers in Boon's misinterpreted "primitive" Flemish and analyzes the so-called refined pseudo-primitive style within both the grotesque tradition (Kafka, van Ostaijen, Gogol) and the skeptical, radical tradition of Nietzsche. In addition, she offers fresh insight into Boon's character Boontje, seen by many as a diminutive for the writer himself, outlining the sublime and slightly sinister relation of this quasi-comical character to its mighty creator.

More Than Life Itself by A. H. Louie

Title More Than Life Itself
Author A. H. Louie
Publisher Walter de Gruyter
Release 2013-05-02
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 388
ISBN 3110321947
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A. H. Louie's More Than Life Itself is an exploratory journey in relational biology, a study of life in terms of the organization of entailment relations in living systems. This book represents a synergy of the mathematical theories of categories, lattices, and modelling, and the result is a synthetic biology that provides a characterization of life. Biology extends physics. Life is not a specialization of mechanism, but an expansive generalization of it. Organisms and machines share some common features, but organisms are not machines. Life is defined by a relational closure that places it beyond the reach of physicochemical and mechanistic dogma, outside the reductionistic universe, and into the realm of impredicativity. Function dictates structure. Complexity brings forth living beings.

I Am Life Itself by Unmani Liza Hyde

Title I Am Life Itself
Author Unmani Liza Hyde
Publisher Lulu.com
Release 2007
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 104
ISBN 1430315520
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Finally waking up from the dream. The end of the search. The end of searching for that which has never been anywhere but right here. The end of trying to know. This is absolute not-knowing. Forever falling in absolute insecurity. Simply the direct recognition of what is. This is what I am. I am Life itself. Unmani points to the nature of Life itself with clarity and simplicity.

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