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  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Has the sweep of H G Wells' 'Outline of History'... Read it straight through like a novel. ~ Independent on Sunday (Books of the year)

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Steve Taylor has produced a major work. It is a powerful message and a beacon of hope in a world in which fear still rules supreme. ~ Scientific and Medical Network Review

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    The Fall is one of the most notable works of the first years of our century, and I am convinced it will be one of the most important books of the whole century. ~ Elias Capriles, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    I've recently read Is Intelligence an Algorithm? by Antonin Tuynman -- an excellent book with many pandeistic overtones.

    Tuynman brings two gifts to bear on this topic -- a creative mind capable of making insightful connections, and a facility with communicative language with which to explain these connections in the most fluid of terms. Combining these, this book does an outstanding job of introducing ideas like the progression of complexity through stages both observed and rationally projected to come in the future, of the cognitive processes which arise during these steps, and of the reasoning processes which arise from these cognitive processes. Notably, the idea of the fundamental physics of our Universe inevitably bringing forth these levels of complexity (and perhaps being intended to do so) is a key thought in Pandeism.

    He dives therefrom into straightening out dizzying further implications of how these might manifest in the coming technology of artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness (especially in a potential quantum computing environment). Throughout, the book ties together the ideas of a world class selection of theorists on the grounds of reality and consciousness, and rises up to be much greater than the sum of its parts. ~ Knujon Mapson, Author of Pandeism: An Anthology

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    I would consider Western Philosophy Made Easy a go-to resource when considering individual figures (Spinoza made more sense after reading this book), and for getting a wide view of many thinkers. Author Dennis Waite breaks down complex thoughts and intricate theories into chewable pieces for the reader. This book took me back to my early days of first encountering philosophy and the long, long list of names that often get peppered into academic discussions.

    ~ JD DeHart , NetGalley

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    Waite does give a good summary of the history of philosophy and covers the major players in thought throughout European history. Although only briefly covered, Waite manages to give the high points of each philosopher. The book offers a starting point for the novice and enough information for the reader to branch out on his own further reading. A good primer of Western philosophy. ~ Evil Cyclist, https://evilcyclist.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/book-review-western-philosophy-made-easy-a-personal-search-for-meaning/

  • Time To Tell
    Ronald Green
    Praise for Nothing Matters: 'Green succeeds in opening up pathways to a new way of looking at the world.' ~ Geoff Ward, Suite 101.com

  • Digital Consciousness
    Jim Elvidge
    In this amazing book, Jim Elvidge presents powerful evidence that this seemingly physical universe is, at its purest level, created out of digital information. This revolutionary new understanding of the inner-workings of reality has been around for a few years but in this much needed book Jim takes the reader through a systematic, and jargon-free, review of exactly why more and more scientists are accepting that the present materialist-reductionist paradigm is about to be replaced by a far wider, and all-inclusive model of reality whereby consciousness, as the interpreter of digital information, becomes central. Digital Consciousness is an essential primer into the great paradigm-change that awaits us in the next few years. In short, if your head does not spin after reading this book you have not understood it! ~ Anthony Peake, author of Opening the Doors of Perception

  • Mental Penguins
    Ivelin Sardamov
    This important study explores the social and educational consequences of digital immersion for modified brain structure and intellectual capacity.Essential reading for education departments around the world and anyone concerned with the future of education and the development of our children. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Pandeism: An Anthology
    Knujon Mapson
    Few readers will have heard of the term "pandeism", the proposition that the Creator of our Universe created by becoming our Universe, but this extensive anthology fills the gap. There are many good analytical essays in this volume. A stimulating collection articulating an interesting viewpoint. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Logic of Enlightenment, The
    Dave S. Henley
    Subtitled ‘a cognitive theory of spirituality’, this searching and analytical book should, according to its own argument, have been subtitled ‘a non-conceptual theory of spirituality.’ It ranges over philosophical and spiritual themes from East and West involving our fundamental orientation in life, the nature of the self, paradox and meaning. Writers like Tolstoy have arrived at the limits of logic and rationality and suffer a loss of meaning that can only be transcended through a new form of perception and understanding as given in mystical experience, which the author explores. The self is recontextualised within the Self, the separation inherent in the mental and conceptual is transcended. This process highlights the limitations of Western philosophy, encapsulated in the Upanishads: ‘that which is not comprehended by the mind but by which the mind comprehends - know that to be Brahman.’ Meister Eckhart realised this, but not Descartes or David Hume. They did not arrive at a state of pure consciousness, which is the underlying feature of meditation. Henley explores the nature of paradox and contradiction, and it is here that there is a large gap in his reading, namely Iain McGilchrist’s work The Master and his Emissary, with its discussion of the different capacities of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Paradoxes are generated by the very operating system of the left hemisphere, but can be understood intuitively by the right (the same applies to jokes). So part of the argument attributed solely to mystical experience can also be resolved by understanding the relative roles of the hemispheres. The rest has to do with the development of self-awareness through spiritual practice that transcends thought so as to allow a direct experience of pure consciousness or the Tao or Atman. This is not so much a conceptual change (p. 146) as a move beyond concepts and indeed the existential choices of continental philosophy (although, as he points out, it is related to the fall and redemption of man). So the level of enlightenment involves ‘not only knowing who you are, but also a higher form of intelligence’ (p. 205). Given that enlightenment is by definition inconceivable, it can only be represented by symbols, which is what religions have done. For Henley, the path involves surrendering the primacy of conceptual thought (of which this book is full!) and taking up a spiritual practice that puts one consciously on the path. This is a stimulating exploration for readers conditioned by Western rationality. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • In the Absence of Human Beauty
    Matthew Alun Ray
    Subtitled ‘philosophical fragments’ – an apt description of the episodic and at times gnomic content - this book sounds rather like Wittgenstein in opening with the sentence that ‘It is not that our search for satisfaction has its limits, but that satisfaction is itself a limit.’ Later on the same page we have ‘that which is now no longer exists. It never did.’ Neither of these two fragments has an accompanying commentary, which is the case with many of the others, and mystics would certainly disagree with the second statement. In the course of these explorations, many of which are devoted to the theme of the Other, the author engages with Heidegger, Schopenhauer, Levinas, Nietzsche and others. In bridging the gap (p. 38), Ray feels that non-conceptual experience or feeling is more important than knowledge; and between the philosophical musings are other fragments of the life of a couple wrestling with some of the same issues, as well as with language. There are many stimulating lines of thought for philosophically minded readers. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • On Being Human
    Michael N. Marsh
    . Michael Marsh has an interesting background as University lecturer in medicine and consulting gastroenterologist specialising in immunopathology. He returned to Oxford to do a degree in theology and wrote his D Phil thesis on near death and out of body experiences, published in 2010. Unfortunately, I did not see this book at the time. This new book reflects his interest in ethical outcomes of medical practice and biomedical research. It deals with the four D’s of distinctiveness, dignity, disability and disposal, and encompasses a vast range of theoretical and practical issues. The first part draws on evolutionary anthropology, genetics and epigenetics, consciousness studies and the acquisition of language to build up a picture of human distinctiveness. Under dignity, he discusses theological approaches to personhood and the question of whether moral status can be ascribed to the human embryo/foetus. In this regard, he goes back to the Warnock report of the mid-1980s and argues for the bold position of ascribing moral status from the moment of conception as a human being with a unique genome. Being disabled, dysfunctional or disfigured should have no bearing on basic human dignity. Under disposal, he considers abortion and infanticide at one end of life, and assisted death and suicide at the other. He comes up with his own well argued case while sounding appropriate cautionary notes. Both the introduction and final resumé give very clear account of his argument and enhance the reader’s understanding about the depth of being human. As an aside, I find it interesting that he gave an example of ‘presence in absence’ by speaking about a visit from his grown children where the conversation revolves around the practical what rather than the deeper who, and one is left wondering how well one still knows them. Anyone deeply concerned with these ethical issues will be greatly enriched by reading this careful book. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    I began this book expecting it to be an analysis of how intelligence was an algorithm. But don't let the title fool you. This book is sooo much more! It's actually an exploration of intelligence itself and all things related. Not only what it is. And how how it relates to our own emotions, reasoning, intuition, and the hard problem of consciousness itself. But also how we can utilize our own intelligence in the most optimal fashion (with profound strategies given in a clear and readable way). As well as an exciting exploration of the future of intelligence as it relates to artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness.

    So, I fully recommend this as a great read to anyone interested in the fields of intelligence, artificial intelligence, consciousness, futurism, and/or transhumanism. And it's worth a read based on its novel breakdown of the 'webmind' alone as well as the fact that it is full of such incredibly useful ideas as 'e-prime language'. Which I will be eternally thankful to this book for introducing me to.
    ~ Jonathan Jones, NetGalley

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    As a metaphysical artist, I found this book very stimulating. Mediating a middle path between metaphysics and A.I. so the each informs the other is a skillful trick to pull off. This author does it exceedingly well. I found validation for long held principles, new approaches to familiar ideas as well as entirely novel and lucid offerings. This book arrives at a time when boundaries between of materialist science, metaphysics and A.I. are merging into each other largely due to the advent of the internet, itself a macroscopic nervous system – also a notion explored in the book. Applying the language of A.I. to the topic of Consciousness is appropriate for the age we live in and this book does it very well. Guaranteed to generate a state change at a time when a new paradigm in our understanding of Consciousness is dawning. This book helped me to achieve clarity - science is for how, metaphysics is for why, and we need to ask both.
    ~ Alan McDonald, NetGally

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    Praise for Dennis Waite's best-selling title Back to the Truth: 'A profoundly astute and masterful guide to the field of Self-discovery. An authoritative scholar, Dennis writes with supreme clarity as he skilfully expounds, logically analyzes and insightfully integrates the wisdom of classical and contemporary teachers with the principles of Advaita.' ~ Katie Davis, author of Awake Living Joy: The Essence of Spiritual Enlightenment

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    As a researcher in data science and management area, for me reading Tuynman’s ‘ Is intelligence an Algorithm’ was a refreshing break from other books in similar domain which are usually dominated by mathematics or computer science . In contrast with them, Tuynman provides a holistic perspective backed by solid research, on various dimensions of intelligence and how nature, humans and now computers take an algorithmic approach to solve any old or new problems. Illustrated in lucid manner, there are multiple practical techniques and heuristics explained in the book which can be directly applied in our day to day lives. Among them a structured template for writing informative articles is something which I have already started to apply in my own works.
    It was interesting that author did gave enough stress on Emotional intelligence, as this is something which is usually not explained in detail in other books of this domain, but is important factor in almost all the decision making process of conscious beings . Authors take on Artificial Pathologies or computers gone wild as I like to call them, was interesting and amusing and touched the realm of science fiction, though it is getting very much real possibility day by day.
    The book does touches upon non-algorithmic activities like Intuition too, connecting it with topics like quantum mechanics and collective consciousness, but I think they could have been discussed in more detail given the complexity of those ideas.
    Overall I would recommend this book to all the readers who are interested in topics like consciousness , and how do we make sense of what is around us , and also want to explore the various aspects of problem solving skills in a structured format , either by humans or machines .

    ~ Abhishek S, NetGalley

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    I’m a big fan of Antonin Tuynman's writing. I particularly like his willingness to marry far-future technology with ancient religious and philosophical thought, such as Vedanta. He is also one of the most adept futurists in exploring fringe concepts and ideas, from quantum computers to the Singularity and the Simulation hypothesis. His latest work caught me by surprise. Initially, I was a little disappointed that some of the cool tech concepts toned down. But, the payoff for me was that this is Antonin's most accessible work. It's not just accessible, it's practical. Instead of just discussing algorithms and intelligence, he gives you advice on how to use the information, including how these algorithms can improve your own reasoning abilities and memory skills.
    The book is also a primer if you're interested -- or worried about -- the coming wave of AI-driven technologies.
    Later, he does discuss the wider implications of his findings.
    All said, it's a must read for those thinking hard about the ever-increasing effect that intelligence and artificial intelligence will have on our lives and our future.

    ~ Matt Swayne, NetGalley

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    A WOW book by the digital philosopher Antonin Tuynman! Written for the lay audience in a clear and precise language, oftentimes in a matter-of-fact fashion. Thought-provoking, original and delightfully enlightening! It's one of those books that one can find insights on every page. In this book, Tuynman tries to define intelligence through the lens of digital philosophy, presents his well-grounded hypothesis that intelligence functions as a kind of algorithm, and gives us practical advice how to improve our own intelligence and problem-solving skills. In the last few chapters, that I personally find the most fascinating part of the book, the author goes more technical with clear-cut recommendations how to create artificial consciousness. Inspired by works of other prominent thinkers in the field, the author argues that emergence is the key to evolution towards higher complexity, and why sooner rather than later, we should see the emergence of self-aware Global Brain, Webmind. Besides being a great read that I could recommend to anyone, the book is referenced, cross-referenced and an excellent quick reference resource by itself. ~ Alexander Vikoulov, NetGalley

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    I enjoyed reading Tuynman's this new book. Many essential topics for intelligence well-weaved together in a compact volume.
    Tuynman first goes about laying out what counts as algorithm. Then he draws its ramification for intellience in general, as well as for A.I..He eventually moves on to discuss intuition as the sphere of intelligence not lending itself to an algorithmic construction. For Tuynman intuition reflects a vast entanglement working across collective consciousness of the human species, and as such it functions beyond the realm of algorithm.

    I would recommend it to anyone who wants to pick up some central issues of intelligence and consciousness and their relevance to A.I..
    ~ Jay Kimoooyoung, NetGalley

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