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The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality by Andy Clark

busymrgribble's review

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informative reflective medium-paced

5.0

graubenh's review

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informative inspiring reflective slow-paced

4.5

samiamedley's review against another edition

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I tried to listen to it as my “information audiobook” while i drive to and from work. I kept zoning out and had to keep rewinding so maybe the book was too complicated for my “on my way to work” mindframe

maddox22's review

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challenging informative medium-paced

3.5

dsale017's review

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challenging hopeful informative reflective medium-paced

4.0

linnzhang7's review against another edition

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challenging informative reflective medium-paced

3.5

bootman's review

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5.0

As soon as I heard “cognitive philosophy”, I was sold. I listened to an interview with Andy Clark about this book from the awesome Converging Dialogues podcast and knew I had to check the book out. While the book is extremely interesting, it also bored me at some points. That’s nothing to do with the author or his writing, though. There are just parts that dive a little further into neuroscience than I prefer, but overall, I absolutely loved this book.

The book is about how we experience the world and how our brain is a prediction machine. It’s really interesting learning about our perception of reality and reading from a philosopher who thinks about this stuff all day. I really enjoyed the sections about how our predictions shape our biases and what we can do about it, and there’s also some awesome stuff about placebos and similar topics.

ophelia_wears_black's review

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informative fast-paced

4.0

egoldiez's review

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challenging informative reflective medium-paced

4.5

Clark eloquently summarizes a provocative yet practical understanding of predictive processing that forces the reader to question their own existence. Good read

cxl_wxlsh's review

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informative reflective medium-paced

4.0

Clark explores a theory and philosophy of mind which upon reading may revolutionise the readers understanding of their own experience. From emotion to movement, depression to placebo, Clark brings to light the work that goes on behind the curtain of our conscious minds. A fascinating read and potential foundation for a novel examination of our minds.