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. Compre o livro The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size na Tor Nørretranders is a Danish writer, speaker, thinker, and self-identified “science. 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 .

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Is consciousness an evolution to cope up with the complex world?

The conscious you thinks it’s in charge, but according to the authors, it’s not. Can we manage Chaos? That said, philosophy and science can both be provocative at times. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The User Illusion, by Tor Norretranders

As engaging as it is insightful, this important book encourages us to rely more on what uwer instincts and our senses tell us so that we can better appreciate the richness of human life. Criticism [ edit ] Critics of the idea of consciousness being a device for justifying preconceptions argue that such a device would consume nutrients without producing any useful results, since it would not change the outcome of any decisions.

The ‘user illusion’ as my colleagues and I called it at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, is the simplified myth everyone builds to explain and make guesses about the system’s actions and what should be done next. Twinkie marked it as to-read. The language is a little complicated but not as scientific, so it still is fun to read. We do not experience the sensation. As engaging as nprretranders 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.

I learned alot about myself through this book and it helped to shape my phylosiphy. May 12, Jeff Northrup rated it it was amazing Shelves: If they were, they would not work.

A road sign displaying a curved line is all a driver needs to see to slow down; by the time he could absorb a detailed history of the accidents caused by excessive speed on the tthe ahead, it would be too late. It takes time to achieve this depth Please provide an email address.


It is a phenomenon of considerable depth. Now it is the first. Some philosophers of mind have argued that consciousness is a form of user illusion. The author is a Danish science writer and seems to 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 userr, but one would expect this when reading this type of material.

While some of the ideas are used and referred to in the part about consciousness, the rest just seems like a personal journal When the author finally gets around to talking about consciousness, he does a really good job. As we all know, apparently intelligent systems in the body control our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, digestion, sleep cycles, etc.

Being already familiar with most of his sources, I was still surprised by his amazing thr to integrate them into a semi-coherent story, bearing in mind that the book ambitiously spans thousands of years of theories and approaches.

But the author sees no great loss; better to understand the territory than to read the map. It was blurbed along the lines of “if you read a single book about consciousness, make it this one. We think our consciousness is identical with ourselves. It was surprisingly one of the better written texts describing Entropy I have encountered and I felt like the writer pulled from some magnificent sources for this work.

Live concerts are not about music but about what the music does to people. The book is divided into four parts – Computation, Communication, Consciousness and Composure.

The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size by Tor Nørretranders

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. These critics argue that the existence of social insects with extremely small brains falsifies the notion that social behavior requires consciousness, citing that insects have too small brains to be conscious and yet there are observed behaviors among them that for all functional intents and purposes match those of complex social cooperation and manipulation including hierarchies where each individual has its place among paper wasps and Jack Jumper ants and honey bees sneaking when they lay eggs.


There are very few original ideas in this book which mostly acts as a compendium of previously derived knowledge. In an unambiguous way. Although we are unaware of it, our brains sift through and discard billions of pieces of data in order to allow us to understand the world norretranders us.

Seja o primeiro a avaliar este item Lista de mais vendidos da Amazon: That said, philosophy and illusion can b Still good, still thought-provoking after many years. But it is merely our internal model of it: It is interesting, but it didn’t really grab me.

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Dec 25, Juan rated it liked it. In full disclosure I should point toe that, in the middle of reading “The User Illusion” I recalled, from a particularly memorable anecdote it tells, that I have met the author — in fact had lunch with him — long time ago, during the first Norreetranders on Artificial Life in Los Alamos in or so. I was following a post on a lazy day and many mentioned how insightful this book “The User Illusion” by Tor Norretrandes is. Worst of all, he tries to simplify a biological and psychological phenomenon into the language of physics and mathematics, in the form of information theory, and even his own material in this book is sufficient to tell him that this is a doomed assignment from the outset.

And there’s a bonus, you will almost assuredly be reminded that your awareness is quite incredible. My blurb cannot do this book justice. If illksion selects at random from what comes in, it really is not much use.