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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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The use, in American cultural rhetoric, of the machine metaphor has a marked history that sets it apart from most other nations. It is not unusual therefore to see it being used in the way it is today and by whom. Mark Seltzer's book "Bodies and Machines", traces America's long love affair with its unique take on technology and the impact it has had on all levels of the American cultural experience, especially as it effects the means of communication, language and media. It is not out of the question that an unintended bias may actually reside within this one particular perspective. Although the analogy of digital computers to brain structure and function is a relatively new construct, its idea may be anachronistic and artifical , just as Knight and Powers suggest.

Lee Nichols

The problem, obviously is that digital and analogue are words not "things." The persistent notion expressed above that one must have either-or, be one or the other, the brain must be an either-or gadget sinks the discussion into an abyss. Furthermore cognitive science has long ago established that the brain can do more than one thing at a time -- it is not an adding machine! I can smell a rose and think of my lover as a rose, and regret that I allergic to roses all at the same instant. So, please, let us dispense with such I am, and You're not! schoolyard arguments.

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