Astonishing Hypothesis The Scientific Search for the Soul

ISBN-10: 0684801582

ISBN-13: 9780684801582

Edition: 1995 (Reprint)

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Description: Traditionally, the human soul is regarded as a nonphysical concept that can only be examined by psychiatrists and theologists. In his new book,The Astonishing Hypothesis,Nobel Laureate Francis Crick boldly straddles the line between science and spirituality by examining the soul from the standpoint of a modern scientist, basing the soul's existence and function on an in-depth examination of how the human brain "sees."

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 7/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Born in Northampton, England, Francis Crick received a B.S. from University College in London and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1955. Crick began his career as a physicist, but in 1949 he began research in molecular biology at Cambridge. In 1951 he and the American biologist James Watson began working intensively to learn the structure of the DNA molecule. Using research findings that the British scientists Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin had reached on the structure of nucleic acids, including DNA, they succeeded in building a model of the molecule in 1953. The Watson-Crick model for DNA was hailed by biologists worldwide. Crick, Watson, and Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine in recognition of their great achievement. The same year, Crick became director of Cambridge's Molecular Biology Laboratory, where he went on to do further work on the genetic code. In 1977 he became a research professor at the Salk Institute in San Diego.

Preface
Introduction
The General Nature of Consciousness
Seeing
The Psychology of Vision
Attention and Memory
The Perceptual Moment: Theories of Vision
The Human Brain in Outline
The Neuron
Types of Experiment
The Primate Visual System - Initial Stages
The Visual Cortex of Primates
Brain Damage
Neural Networks
Visual Awareness
Some Experiments
Mainly Speculation
Oscillations and Processing Units
Dr. Crick's Sunday Morning Service
A Postscript on Free Will
Units of Length, Time, and Frequency
Glossary
Further Reading
References
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index
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