Consciousness Made Ridiculously Simple: A Serious Resolution of the Mind/Body Problem

What is consciousness? How does it arise? When did it first appear in the history of the universe? What enables us to know that we are conscious? Is there a relationship between consciousness and quantum phenomena? Could a computer be conscious? When does a fetus become conscious? Did the universe originate with consciousness? Is there a Mind of the Universe? Consciousness Made Ridiculously Simple weaves these and many other classic questions into a proposed resolution of the Mind/Body problem while avoiding the confusing jargon of the field.


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Edition 1 (October 15, 2019)



About The Author

Stephen  Goldberg

Stephen Goldberg, MD, a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, trained in Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Family Medicine. He is a neurologic researcher, teacher, computer programmer, writer, editor, and president of the Medmaster publishing company. Dr. Goldberg has published numerous papers on neuronal development and regeneration through research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, New York Medical College and the University of Miami. He is the author of the best-selling book, Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple, as well as the interactive computer program Neurologic Localization. As a coordinator of neuroanatomy education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 25 years, his reputation is that of an educator who can simplify complex topics. He received the George Paff Most Outstanding Professor Teaching Award 11 times at the U of M and was invited to be the keynote speaker at the medical school graduation commencement at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2004. He has also authored textbooks of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Computer Programming, as well as many interactive computer programs on a variety of medical topics.

Does Consciousness Really Arise in the Brain?
The Importance of the Mind/Body Problem
Puzzle Piece #1. Jonah in the Whale. The Jonah-Mind
Puzzle Piece #2. Consciousness Exists at All Levels of Complexity
Puzzle Piece #3. Consciousness Per Se Does Not Emerge from Complexity
Puzzle Piece #4. What Is Reality?
Puzzle Piece #5. Reduction of Qualia to Primary Building Blocks of Consciousness
Puzzle Piece #6. Consciousness as Information
Puzzle Piece #7. Where Is the Translator of the Neural Code?
Puzzle Piece #8. Does Consciousness Really Exist? A Paradox
Puzzle Piece #9. The Binding (Combination) Problem
Puzzle Piece #10. Time, Space, and Consciousness
Puzzle Piece #11. Consciousness of Self
Puzzle Piece #12. Consciousness of Consciousness
Puzzle Piece #13. Why Doesn’t the Brain Distort What We See?
Puzzle Piece #14. How Do the Brain and Mind Communicate?
Puzzle Piece #15. The Neural Correlates of Consciousness
Puzzle Piece #16. Mind of the Universe
Puzzle Piece #17. Which Is Primary—Mathematics or Consciousness?
Puzzle Piece #18. Consciousness and Quantum Theory
Puzzle Piece #19. Free Will
Puzzle Piece #20. Soul and Afterlife
Puzzle Piece #21. God
Puzzle Piece #22. Parapsychology
Puzzle Piece #23. The Chinese Room
Puzzle Piece #24. The Turing Test
Puzzle Piece #25. Split-Brains
Puzzle Piece #26. Blindsight
Puzzle Piece #27. The Phantom Limb
Puzzle Piece #28. The Idiot Savant
Puzzle Piece #29. Mary, the Colorblind Physiologist
Puzzle Piece #30. Inverted Qualia
Puzzle Piece #31. Novel Qualia
Puzzle Piece #32. Is Consciousness Useful?
Puzzle Piece #33. Synesthesia
Puzzle Piece #34. Can a Zombie Exist?
Puzzle Piece #35. Consciousness of Additional Spatial Dimensions
Puzzle Piece #36. Higher Levels of Consciousness
Puzzle Piece #37. How Mind-Expansive Can Consciousness Be?
Puzzle Piece #38. Seeing with Sound?
Puzzle Piece #39. Can a Computer Be Conscious?
Puzzle Piece #40. Can a Hologram Be Conscious?
Puzzle Piece #41. Could Our World Be a Computer Program?
Puzzle Piece #42. When Does a Fetus Become Conscious?
Putting It All Together