Consciousness is a delusion.

The attraction of this book is that it is concise, while covering a lot of ground. It is a veritable tour d’horizons. Nonetheless, Blackmore sets out her own theory of consciousness. Essentially, she believes it to be an illusion. This does not mean it does not exist. Rather, it is simply not what we think it is. She believes that it arises as a result of the brain creating a model of self. For ‘model’, read neural network. Moreover, through meditation and the like, one can damp down the feeling of self. This leads to a feeling of being at one with the world, literally. It remains unclear, though, why the brain would bother creating a model of self if there seems to be no purpose to self.

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