Time is something both impalpable and central to our life experiences, from both a philosophical and, above all, a psychological point of view. This book accompanies readers through the wrinkles of time and makes them understand how time is an extremely important tool for defining ourselves. Time lies at the heart of our consciousness and the mind-body nexus. The author expertly combines philosophy, psychology and neuroscience to explain human nature and the difference between humans, other animals and the novel machines run by artificial intelligence. In such an advanced world, technology seems not only to overlap with men and women but even replace them, especially in the realms of thought and emotion that have always seemed to be distinctively human qualities. The author leads readers back to the essence of humanity and a deeper understanding of what time is and why time makes us uniquely human.
Georg Northoff – one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists – teaches Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health Research of the University of Ottawa and conducts research concerning the neural bases if identity and consciousness.
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