This is the second book Lynard published in 2012. It is in paperback and digital formats, available on amazon.com.
His newest book is called A Short History of Memory: Neuroscience and the Search for the Mind. Here is the summary of the book: Memory is the past. Memory is the history of perceptions perceived. In an age in which the world bombards our senses seemingly non-stop, we should have a universe full of memories defining and neatly labeling our past. But what exactly is the past?
Using foundations laid by neuroscience, A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY opens an exploration into the brain that perceives and the mind that remembers and reacts to the past. It starts with a simple question: Where do the images we experience in nightly dreams come from? Dreams are memories. But there are conundrums embedded in this answer which have plagued philosophers and scientists since Aristotle came up with the idea of a soul or mind. What in the past explains the “un-experienced” in memories? Flying unaided over treetops; being chased by eight-legged kittens; meandering through a jasmine scented field of purple flowers? Never experienced, never consciously remembered, yet a dream?
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“Suppose we have it all wrong. Suppose our consciousness is the simultaneous act of two entities looking at each other in a fun-house mirror we call the universe…”
From visual perception, to the electro-chemical factory of neurons; from neurotransmitters and millisecond clocks; from dreams to déjà vu experiences: An exploration into the neuroscience of the brain and the inexplicable idea of a self-emerging from opposing forces, A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY provides an empirical bridge between science and the conundrum of consciousness.
In this book, some very useful diagrams and graphics are provided to further explain the different details of what you see and what you think. Do you know there is a delay in your mind of what your eyes captured? Funny how the mind works. And what about the dreams we have when we sleep? Those are memories too.
Poetically, the eyes may be windows to the soul, but they may also be the skylight of a prison. In A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY, the biology of the brain and spirituality of Mind as separate pillars of consciousness, are merged to form a new paradigm. “Suppose we have it all wrong. Suppose our consciousness is the simultaneous act of two entities looking at each other in a funhouse mirror we call the universe. . . “. From visual perception to the electro-chemical factory of neurons, neurotransmitters and millisecond clocks, from dreams to déjà vu experiences, an exploration of the neuroscience of the brain and the inexplicable idea of a Self emerging from opposing forces A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY provides an empirical bridge between science and philosophy. The empirical may not be the dead weight of the spirit after all. The two may in fact be the counter-balance from which consciousness is merely the focal point.