Author: Alva Noë
Title: Out of our heads : why you are not your brain, and other lessons from the biology of consciousness
Summary/Review: I thought I’d like this much more, but I was disappointed. Noë’s premise is a philosophical examination of the science of the mind and posits that we should no longer accept the belief that consciousness resides in the brain. Basically he’s arguing the opposite of the Free Will chapter in 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense. While it’s an argument I’d like to accept, I feel that Noë never really shows evidence for his thesis and that a lot of the complex language he uses serves to obfuscate rather than illuminate. It’s just as likely that most of this went over my head though, so maybe I’m not the best person to review this book.
Recommended books: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson and Thumbs, Toes, and Tears: And Other Traits That Make Us Human by Chip Walter.