Francis Crick () was a British molecular biologist, physicist, and neuroscientist, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or. Astonishing Hypothesis by Francis Crick – Traditionally, the human soul is regarded as a nonphysical concept that can only be examined by psychiatrists and. Review of The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search For The Soul by. Francis Crick. Bill Webster. Department of Psychology. Monash.

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A modern neurobiologist sees ctick need for the religious concept of a soul to explain the behavior of humans and other animals. I believe that the subtitle is misleading, and I think that even Crick mentions it somewhere in the book: However, the reason I did not give it 2 stars is because there were some parts I quite enjoyed, such as parts of the introductory and final chapters.

There are, of course, a few exceptions. In the latter part of his life, however, Astonishinf turned his attention to the problem of consciousness rather than genetics or microbiology.

How could an organism as complex and well designed as man have arisen without the help of an all-wise Designer? Clearly, one cell can not be responsible for recognizing one object; there are far more objects possible in the world than there are satonishing in the human brain. How this messy wiring laid down by evolution causes conscious percept is the million dollar question.

Most of the religious beliefs we have today originated in a time when the frnacis, while a small place by our standards, was then thought of as being very large, even though its exact extent was unknown. When I read this book, more than 10 years ago, I felt “astonished” with the Crick’s angle of attack on the subject. I suspect that even if we were told the exact behavior of one part of the brain we might in some cases not immediately understand the explanation, since it might involve new concepts and new ideas that have yet to be articulated.


As Lewis Carroll’s Alice might have phrased it: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Crick, one of the co-discoverers of the molecular structure of DNAlater became a theorist for neurobiology and the study of the brain.

In the meantime, Watson has continued to reign supreme It was not implausible to believe the earth was less than ten thousand years old.

Each atom consists of a heavy atomic nucleus, carrying a satonishing charge, surrounded by an organized cloud of light, negatively charged nimble electrons.

Our nearest relatives, the apes, perform very poorly at language use even after extensive training. I attended the Consciousness Conference in Tucson,Az. While the idea that consciouness may be clustered within either one or multiple areas of the brain may seem preposterous, this conjecture is certainly much more efficient than each cell carrying within itself the instructions for consciousness. It didn’t even have a complete theory of visual consciousness, it’s more like a call to arms to ask people to address the question.

The molecules have reorganized themselves to produce two little animals from the material that would otherwise have produced one. What else could make their behavior so regular? Return to Book Page. I LOVE it when books do this Our detailed knowledge of organic chemical molecules is enormous and expanding every crikc.


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The General Nature of Consciousness. His idea is that there is an unconscious part of the brain which makes the plans for what we are going to do: Jul 30, Adih Respati rated it it was amazing Shelves: And he examines the soul from the standpoint of a scientist.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The intervening layers are largely unexplored partly due to the messy ways in which evolutionary tinkering works.

We now know its true age is about 4. Now Crick is once again at the frontier of scientific discovery, turning his attention to the mysteries of human consciousness. That knowledge has been completely transformed in the last years.

Astonishing Hypothesis

But is astonishingg sentimental to idealize animals. The stars seemed far away, fixed perhaps in the spherical firmament, but that the universe extended as far as it does more than 10 billion light years — was almost inconceivable. At the end of the book, Crick offers a short and tentative postscript setting out an idea about free will. Jul 26, Maya rated it it was amazing Recommended to Maya by: