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The user illusion : cutting consciousness down to size

Author: Tor Nørretranders
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1999.
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Explores how the "user illusion" of the computer world applies to our own consciousness, and encourages readers to find a better understanding of the consciousness and to celebrate the joys of the world.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tor Nørretranders
ISBN: 0140230122 9780140230123 9780670875795 0670875791
OCLC Number: 41311618
Language Note: "Originally published in Danish as Maerk verden by Gyldendalske Boghandel"--Title page verso.
Notes: This translation originally published in London by: A. Lane, 1998.
"First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin ... 1998"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 467 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Pt. I. Computation --
1. Maxwell's demon --
2. Throwing away information --
3. Infinite algorithms --
4. The depth of complexity --
--
Pt. II. Communication --
5. The tree of talking --
6. The bandwidth of consciousness --
7. The bomb of psychology --
8. The view from within --
--
Pt. III. Consciousness --
9. The half-second delay --
10. Maxwell's Me --
11. The user illusion --
12. The origin of consciousness --
--
Pt. IV. Composure --
13. Inside nothing --
14. On the edge of chaos --
15. The nonlinear line --
16. The sublime
Other Titles: Maerk verden.
Cutting consciousness down to size
Responsibility: Tor Nørretranders.

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First published in 1998, the title refers to the simplistic mental image most of us have of our PCs. The author says our consciousness is our user illusion of ourselves. Drawing on scientific  Read more...

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