(Original Review, 1994-11-17)
Dave Chalmers did a great job of making consciousness popular but his own view was 400 years out of date. Descartes is the real rigorous physicist here - he was after all one of the people who devised physics. What he meant by the soul and God being 'spirit' is that they caused matter to move. Matter for Descartes was just the inert occupancy of a space (extension). So physics consisted of the interaction of spirit and matter. We now call spirit 'force' or 'energy' and Descartes was quite right because thinking is all about electromagnetic fluxes - which in themselves do not occupy space or have mass. His mistake was to think that there had to be one special spirit unit. Leibniz sorted that out in 1714.
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A healthy brain has some 200 billion neurons. Conscious mind controls our brain only 5% of the day, whereas the subconscious mind has control of our thoughts 95% of the time. A human brain has 70,000 thoughts per day. The brain requires up to 20% of the body's energy despite being only 2% of the human body by weight.
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