The Large, the Small, and the Human Mind

This accessible and stimulating book about modern science should be of interest to LDS thinkers. For those of us who did not make it through Penrose’s previous books (The Emperor’s New Mind and Shadows of the Mind), this book is a new opportunity to learn some of the key ideas of those at the frontier of the scientific quest to understand intelligence and human consciousness.

An advantage of this book is its panel-discussion format. The first three chapters are taken from the 1995 Tanner lectures by Penrose, and these are then critiqued by each of the associate authors listed above. In a final chapter, Penrose responds to their criticisms. The level of the book and the information density is high (the book is not easy!), but a thoughtful reading will surely provide new ideas about our fantastic minds.

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