THE USER ILLUSION BY TOR NORRETRANDERS PDF

Shelves: reading-list This book has some really interesting stuff in it, but it was just plain a slog to read through. The chapters have loads of details that are of, at best, passing interest, and it feels as though the book could have been condensed immensely. I found myself zipping through other non-fiction reads by comparison. If you know how to speed read or how to skim effectively then this book is a bit better of a read.

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Shelves: reading-list This book has some really interesting stuff in it, but it was just plain a slog to read through. The chapters have loads of details that are of, at best, passing interest, and it feels as though the book could have been condensed immensely.

I found myself zipping through other non-fiction reads by comparison. If you know how to speed read or how to skim effectively then this book is a bit better of a read. Things improved when I stopped trying to read every word cover to cover and just skimmed This book has some really interesting stuff in it, but it was just plain a slog to read through. Things improved when I stopped trying to read every word cover to cover and just skimmed through the pages picking up the important details as I went.

Moreover, it is around the last hundred pages of the book where the truly interesting information is held -- up to this point mostly deals with the history of various scientific fields that build up to this point. Ideas like consciousness only arising within the last few thousand years makes one wonder, if true, how it was that it did so everywhere on the globe at once.

Evolution would not act in that way -- such evolutionary traits would develop within larger regions, but clearly consciousness developed in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia the native tribes thereof , etc. At the very least, it still holds burden of proof.

Apr 20, Troels Leth rated it it was amazing Conscious thoughts on consciousness.

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He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity.

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The User Illusion, by Tor Norretranders Norretranders is a Danish science journalist, who attempts to tie together the results of several scientists into an explanation of how consciousness works. He comes at it from an information processing point of view, treating the human brain as a computer, while pulling in results from all over the world of science. The basic premise that he puts together is that consciousness, the actual thought process where we think about what we are doing, is a very slow inefficient process. How can we reconcile this with our known ability to outperform computers at many tasks? Norretranders postulates that most of the work is done at a subconscious level.

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