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June 26, 2002

ConsciousnessConsciousness in Four Dimensions: Biological Relativity and the Origins of Thought

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;287(24):3265-3266. doi:10.1001/jama.287.24.3265-JBK0626-2-1

The extraordinary advances in descriptions of brain function have emboldened neuroscientists to mount a distinctive attack on the elusive phenomenon of human consciousness, believing that their evidence would provide insights that escaped philosophers and psychologists, who are limited to words not especially designed to capture the products of introspection. Richard Pico's Consciousness in Four Dimensions, written with the spirit and premises of Gerald Edelman's The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness and Bright Air, Brilliant Fire, treats human awareness as an inevitable quality that had to emerge with the evolution of the human prefrontal cortex.

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