I was raised and educated in New York State, where I was a student of both philosophy and psychology in college. I have retained an interest in each field of inquiry ever since.
This book is the result of thirteen years of research, writing and contemplation. This was followed by two years of editing, re-editing, and further editing and re-editing. Along the way I have received the kind support of many people. Along the way I have also dramatically modified my views on almost all the of the key questions raised in the course of this essay.
It would have been impossible to have any notion of what the final product would be given how this book started: as a short critique of an influential work in contemporary philosophy. Despite this long journey there is one thing that has remained the same: the depth of my fascination with this thing we call consciousness.
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Consciousness and the Limits of Reason
by S.M. Moretta
Consciousness. So rich, so complex, so much our world, so difficult to explain. The “Problem of Mind” is considered from the perspective of both interactive dualism (as championed by Descartes) and contemporary materialism. Additionally, two alternative avenues to the explanation of consciousness, namely, quantum mechanics and general systems theory, are discussed in some detail.
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