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Lowell B. Koppel

Winchester, MA USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Bor
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Consciousness is our gateway to experience: it enables us to recognize Van Gogh’s starry skies, be enraptured by Beethoven’s Fifth, and stand in awe of a snowcapped mountain. Yet consciousness is subjective, personal, and famously difficult to examine: philosophers have for centuries declared this mental entity so mysterious as to be impenetrable to science. In The Ravenous Brain, neuroscientist Daniel Bor departs sharply from this historical view, and proposes a new model for how consciousness works.

    Douglas says: "A Very Interesting..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Contains many nuggets of interesting information gathered from psychology research and experiments that support Bor's position that the mind and the brain are largely identical. This data would be more useful to students of the mind if it were trimmed of the excessively folksy verbiage that one has to sift through to mine these nuggets. I simply lost patience and gave up a little over half way through the book.


    Did Walter Dixon do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration adds to the folksiness by using the breathless style characteristic of network news magazines such as 60 Minutes. It's difficult for me to listen to even one hour of this style, let alone to the over 11 hours of it in this book.


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