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Wake

by Robert J Sawyer

A page-turning thriller, a novel of ideas and the moving story of a once-blind girl who makes a very unusual friend: something for every reader! You will really enjoy it if you are fascinated by artificial intelligence, the nature of consciousness and the ways we can communicate with other species.

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Jaynes makes an intriguing case that our sense of self emerged only after the left and right sides of the brain became integrated into a single thinking machine. Me, I think being self-aware emerges when you realize that there's someone other than you. For most of us, that happens at birth (but for an exception, see The World I Live In by one H Keller, also a five-star read). Anyway, Jaynes's theory is fascinating, but I can't think of a way to test it empirically, so I guess we'll never know if he was right ....

Parallels

2001, a Space Odyssey by A C Clarke
I Sing the Body Electric by Ray Bradbury
 

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