The User Illusion has ratings and 61 reviews. Richard Tor Norretranders is Denmark’s leading science writer with a track record of best sellers. It follows. An Excerpt from The User Illusion, By Tor Norretranders. The fact is that every single second, millions of bits of information flood in through our senses. But our . The User Illusion, by Tor Norretranders. Norretranders is a Danish science journalist, who attempts to tie together the results of several scientists into an.

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If you have an interest in understanding how the mind really works, this book is a must-read. Because consciousness is a state that does not process much information – consciously. Most of our what we experience, and most of what we do is unconscious. We experience not the raw sensory data but a simulation of them.

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It covered a broad number of thee from consciousness of course to philosophy, communism, cosmology, history, computer science and a whole host of other disciplines.

There were really only three main points to it which in some instances became fairly repetitive but the scope of what he I found this book really hard to put down. The Shape of Thought. But it is merely our internal model of it: Intelligence adds value by discarding information, by winnowing that 1 bit from a million.

Dan Wegner and others go beyond where Dennett stops and refuses to go further, and note that “no Cartesian consciousness” also means “no Cartesian free willer. Tor Norretranders is a science writer, consultant, lecturer and organizer based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mar 14, Sheamus rated it it was amazing. But our consciousness processes only perhaps forty bits a second — at most.


The User Illusion

As engaging as it is insightful, this important book encourages us to rely more on what our instincts and our senses tell us so that we can better appreciate the richness of human life. For instance, what you perceive via your senses is often not reality, but your subconsciousness’s interpretation of reality.

On the theme of consciousness, Norretranders has his own interesting twist, which is to argue that consciousness is far less central to the way our minds function than we may imagine; he virtually suggests that our conscious mind is a passive observer of the work done out of awareness by the unconscious mind. Norretrandeers simulation of our sensory experiences is a hypothesis about reality.

The point of psychotherapy for the individual is the lesson: An interesting book that will have you thinking about your perception of yourself and the world around you as experienced by your senses in a different way. I accept my Me. Millions and millions of bits are condensed to a conscious experience that contains norrftranders no information at all.

But there were a thousand different ones beside it, and the sculptor alone is to thank for having extricated this one from the rest. It may have taken Borges’ Norretradners the Memorious a day to recall a day in perfect detail, but someone with better hardware could theoretically do it much faster. Aug 01, Pages Buy.

The User Illusion

It was blurbed along the lines of “if you read a single book about consciousness, make it this one. Publicist or Marketing Professional. Or to put the causation in the right direction, the tendency of the unconscious to work in mysterious ways created the need for gods as an explanation. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We experience the simulation of the sensation. Or, at best, like Potter Stewart on pornography: The author is a Danish science writer and seems norrwtranders know his readership well and I didn’t find his style as trying as other reviewers claim to have, although some paragraphs need to be reread from time to time, but one would expect this when reading this type of material.


You could summarise The User Illusion ‘s thesis on a sing I promised myself years ago that I’d finally stop reading this sort of book, had been sticking to it pretty well just a couple of regrettable lapses during the s and had fair warning about this one: Overall an enlightening thee that causes you to shift your viewpoint and gain insight into the mechanisms of reality simulation and information transferal. As is the question of “what is consciousness.

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Instead, the output of our judgment processes were heard as the word of god via auditory hallucinations. Consciousness is depth but experienced as surface. Because consciousness is about an experience of order and organization.

The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size

We take ourselves literally. Being already familiar with most of his sources, I was still surprised by his amazing ability to integrate them into a semi-coherent story, The author does a illusiin good job of pasting together a collage of scientific research conclusions from multiple sources which, according to him, seems to indicate a split between the processing capacity, speed and purposes of the Self and the I.

Yet it may be invisible.