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Tides of Mind : Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness (Hardcover) (David Gelernter)
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While the holy grail of psychologists and scientists for nearly a century has been to artificially replicate the thought patterns of the human mind, a legendary computer scientist and AI authority challenges the notion that this can ever be achieved through state-of-the-art research or supercomputers. Surprisingly, David Gelernter turns to literature, demonstrating that the works of geniuses like Shakespeare and Poe, Karen Blixen and Marilynn Robinson can answer many of our most fundamental questions about the origins of creativity. With far-reaching implications, Gelernter’s landmark “Cognitive Spectrum” helps decode some of the most mysterious wonders of the human mind, such as the numinous light of early childhood, why sadism and masochism underpin some of our greatest artistic achievements, and the patterns of dreams and memory. Based in the great introspective tradition of Wilhelm Wundt and even Descartes, The Tides of Mind promises to revolutionize our understanding of what it means to be human.