A self referential jargon filled text which fails to appeal to the lay reader and makes several shockingly poor assumptions.
Instead read On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins which carefully constructs a theory for the central functions of the cortex, namely prediction and construction of invariant representations of the world.
The fundamental assumption of Edelman's book is that consciousness is a unitary construct, this is just terribly terribly wrong. The mind is best described by what it cannot perceive or intentionally ignores. This is antithetical to Edelman's conjecture that if we look hard enough we will be able to see the threads that make up the cloth of… Read more