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by Karl R. Popper,Sir John C. Eccles

  • ISBN: 0710095848
  • Category: Medicine
  • Subcategory: Medicine
  • Author: Karl R. Popper,Sir John C. Eccles
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (February 1984)
  • Pages: 616
  • ePub book: 1840 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1734 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
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Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles. Learning to be a Self. The Self and Its Brain. The Biological Approach to Human Knowledge and Intelligence. Consciousness and Perception.

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We have written this book in the hope that we have been able to do so. We are conscious of the fact that what we have done is very conjectur­ al and very modest

We have written this book in the hope that we have been able to do so. We are conscious of the fact that what we have done is very conjectur­ al and very modest. We are aware of our fallibility; yet we believe in the intrinsic value of every human effort to deepen our understanding of our­ selves and of the world we live in. We believe in humanism: in human rationality, in human science, and in other human achievements, however fallible they are. We are unimpressed by the recurrent intellectual fashions that belittle science and the other great human achievements.

Sir John C. Eccles, Sir Karl Popper.

Sir John Carew Eccles using a microscope in a laboratory. I have written at length on this philosophy in my book Facing Reality. 1973, The Understanding of the Brain. 1977, The Self and Its Brain, with Karl Popper, Berlin: Springer. 1979, The human mystery, Berlin: Springer. Photographed in November 1963. In Fig. 6-1 you will be able to see that I fully accept the recent philosophical achievements of Sir Karl Popper with his concept of three worlds. 1980, The Human Psyche.

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A prominent exception is the defense of dualism offered by Karl Popper and J. C. They claim that there are two quite distinct worlds, World 1 of physical objects and states and World 2 of states of consciousness. Sir Karl Raimund Popper, FRS, rose from a modest background as an assistant cabinet maker and school teacher to become one of the most influential theorists and leading philosophers. Popper commanded international audiences and conversation with him was an intellectual adventure-even if a little rough-animated by a myriad of philosophical problems.

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Eccles and Popper are not alone in their strugle against established scienctific thinking, mostly based on. .

Eccles and Popper are not alone in their strugle against established scienctific thinking, mostly based on the axioms of a materialistic aporach to reality. For them the brains was nothing more than a piano on which the piano player Spirit played. Even Eccles had experiments which should prove, if not that there must be something like the non-material entity, that there must be the nonsense of a molecular-limited personality.

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Dalarin Dalarin
Popper, who may in this century, rightfully become known as one of the greatest philosophers of all time, is a pleasure to read. Reading him really is good for your mind. He writes clearly and intelligently about a wide range of knowledge fields. His mixture of cosmology, evolution, epistemology, humanism, critical rationalism and psychology produces a unique philosophy that may well be a key part of the solution to the problems humanity is facing in the 21st century. Read this guy yourself, don't trust academic philosopher's assessments of his work. He is not widely known because his work has been so poorly accounted for by intellectuals. This may be because, as William Bartley the American philosopher one said, if Popper is on the right track, then most professional philosophers in the modern era, wasted their careers.
Trash Obsession Trash Obsession
I thought consciousness was a mystery, but Popper clears it up before the half-way point of this book. Fantastic read, if a little dense.
Sironynyr Sironynyr
It arrived in a good situation
shustrik shustrik
Popper does not need any presentation, nor any apologetics. I just pretend to say a few words about this impressive book under the prism of the current mind-body philosophy.

I asked to my professor of mind-body philosophy if I could study Popper, and he told me "no, no, he is too complicated with his 3 worlds theory". Instead, he wanted me to study Kim Jaegwon, the hey day mind-body philosopher. I did it, but Kim represents a very narrow philosophy, in my opinion. Finally, I went to Popper, and I feel like home. I tell you why. Excellent and plain prose, focusing on the central problems from the very beginning, and impressive understanding of vast regions of knowledge, Popper does not hesitate in emitting a judgment about a certain theory, a humanistic thought.

His opponents will say that is a personal book, somehow oldie, overcome by recent books. But I don't agree. You will find in Popper a sound critic of: materialism as the deafault position in mind-body philosophy; a very interesting critic to the identity theory; interesting thought and critics about philosophical reduction; why does not help to equate minds to computers; how we are to understand correctly perception; etc. All this critics are still very pertinent to current mind-body philosophy. Popper is all the time offering arguments: I don't like that argument because of that; I like it because of that; that's my argument in defence of my position, etc. (Compare it with the ugly and difficult prose of Kim, for instance, where you are to find arguments camouflaged in a vegetation of long dissertations on history and ontology, whatever this words my be.)

On the other hand, Popper offers also his positive solution, a very interesting one which, I believed, needs to be considered carefully and with sympathy.
Quashant Quashant
As a Popperian I have always admired him and will adhere to his philosophy throughout my life. I have been more than happy to read him and I am proud of being a contemporary of him.
Mall Mall
definitive work, still relevant, raises good questions still unanswered, offers an entirely amazing theory, - must read for all those interested in consciousness
Kalv Kalv
Obviously I do not have to mention the structure of this very old thick book first published in 1977. It seems that this book on the body-mind problem is already a classical one and almost fading out of the mind, or more appropriately, out of the brain, of current mainstream neuroscientists. The ideas of these dualist authors appear not favorable to the following authors, for example:
(1) Daniel Dennett in his book "Consciousness Explained (1991)" rejected the idea of Dualism from the start of his book based on the first law of thermodynamics: the law of conservation of energy.
(2) In his book "The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul (1994)," Francis Crick cited this classical book only in the further reading list, saying: "I myself have little sympathy with either of their points of view. They would probably say the same of mine."
(3) No reference to this classical book in Antonio Damasio's recent two books of (1) Descartes' Error (1994), and (2) Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain (2010).
I would like to mention only one point which was discussed in the dialogs of the two authors (in Dialog X) in the last part of the book: Would the dualistic idea of theirs violate the first law of thermodynamics: the law of conservation of energy?
In the history of physics there were times when the violation of the law was suspected by physicists. The examples cited by the authors are: (1) on the occasion of the discovery of electro-magnetism after the establishment of Newtonian mechanics, (2) in the process of radioactive beta-decay of nucleus before the discovery of neutron and the theoretical hypothesis of neutrino in the 1930s. These suspicions were eventually removed based on the development of novel physical theories.
Based on these historical facts and also referring to the physicist E.P. Wigner's idea, the philosopher Popper says "I think that this is only to say, in a different way, that physics is open to something as yet unknown." Popper's idea is that the physical dimension (World 1 in their terms) would be open to World 2 (the world of subjective experiences), though he never says that World 2 belongs to some non-physical dimensions. The two authors discussed further the interaction between Worlds 1 & 2, which might violate the law of conservation of energy, possibly in such a very minuscule amount as being difficult to detect.

Now, what I, just a curious reader of this book, wonder is that why all these scientists and philosophers do not mention the problem of "soul": does it have a physical weight, something like the amount 21 g? Or I should scientifically put it as follows: Is there really an unaccountable energy balance in the life-to-death transitions of human? If the 21 g (one of the reported four missing weights) is confirmed authentic, this means that the cherished law of conservation of energy is violated in the transition! I repeat the simple question: why don't they mention this problem? One may say that the experiment conducted by Dr. Duncan MacDougall published in 1907 is not any scientific experiment at all, but it was a scientifically uncontrolled sloppy one. Was it really so? Although physics Prof. Robert L. Park states in his book (Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science (2008)) to the effect that the missing weights are the result of MacDougall's wishful thinking and superstitious nonsense, no scientist has ever "scientifically" either refuted or confirmed the missing weights. Rather, recently a paper was published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, 2010 Spring Issue (Vol. 24, No.1, pp. 5-39: Rebuttal to Claimed Refutations of Duncan MacDougall's Experiment on Human Weight Change at the Moment of Death. [This Vol.24/No.1 is on sale at]), which supports MacDougall's experiment being scientifically sound on a basis of theoretical simulations of the weighing experiment.