The Crucible of Consciousness: A Personal Exploration of the Conscious Mind Torey, Z.

A non-academician looks at consciousness (nevertheless recommended by Ramachandran).

To me, Torey’s most provocative idea is that advances in mentality can make earlier types of mentality inaccessible.  Reminds me (retired math professor) of the hypothesis I came to late in my teaching career:  I could not understand my students’ sense of concepts, like “function”.  My own earlier versions of the concept were lost, having been updated, like the tweaking of a neural net as it learns.

Torey was blinded when he was twenty-one, and Oliver Sacks has written an essay about his, and others’, visual imagination:  the last chapter in The Mind’s Eye (

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