The Quest for Consciousness
A Neurobiological Approach
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Roberts & Company
BLURBS #"An ideal combination of exquisite prose and rigorous science...." -- Scientific American, by Michael Shermer
"Exciting and compelling....The Quest for Consciousness is a brave attempt to fuse the best scientific thinking with one of the central aspects of human existence."
-- Science/i>, by Patrick Haggard
"From the start, the reader is taken on an in-depth exploration of the most recent developments in the biology of consciousness....The outcome is, in my view, exceptional."
-- Nature, by Jean-Pierre Changeux
"Christof Koch has written a superb introduction to the modern exploration of the biology of consciousness, based on his collaborative work with Francis Crick. The Quest for Consciousness is an extraordinarily well-written book that outlines in clear terms the key issues that the biology of the mind will be confronting in the next several decades. The book is a must for both the general reader as well as for scientists in the field."
-- Eric Kandel, author of Principles of Neural Science and winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
"The quest for consciousness has been the great intellectual adventure of recent years, as neurobiology has started to close in on its ultimate goal, to define the neural basis of human consciousness. Christof Koch, in intimate collaboration with Francis Crick, has been one of the major pioneers in this quest, and in this new book he offers a vivid, brilliant and very personal account of how our understanding has developed in the last twenty years, moving from the basic processes of visual perception to the highest reaches of consciousness. He unfolds a new, dynamic vision of the brain, based on experimental findings, clinical observations, and neural modelling, in which coalitions of nerve cells form, dissolve and reform continually, weaving our ever-changing but integral sense of consciousness.The Quest for Consciousness is not only a mine of information, and full of provocative thoughts and insights, but a delight to read and ponder."
-- Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Ungle Tungsten
""Once you start "The Quest for Consciousness" your mind makes you read through to the end as fast as possible."
-- James D. Watson, author of Molecular Biology of the Gene and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine