Tuesday, June 7, 2011
TURING TEST Human vs. Computer subject Audiobooks
An appropriate companion book here would be INCOGNITO, written and read by David Eagleman, who serves up a nutritious dose of neuroscience in exploring the subconscious mind, and the secret lives of the brain. If you've always wondered about intuition, deja vu, dreams, or where ideas come from, here's the answer: your mind is working overtime, whether you realize it or not. So computers might be able to process information faster, but we are still more complex than we appear. One intriguing question resolved here involves ethics, too: are we responsible for unseen influences our subconscious directs us, and who exactly is the "us" involved in choices and "free" will, given both conscious and subconscious influences? Eagleman also discusses the soul, and how the brain's consciousness arises from a sum greater than its parts. The answer cannot be found by reductionism, he says, "by looking at smaller and smaller parts." This makes the concept of the soul more complex than current science can discover.