The Dissolution of Mind

A Fable of How Experience Gives Rise to Cognition


Author: Oscar Vilarroya
This book presents an original thesis about the notion of sensory experience and of the mind’s architecture, which is grounded in current trends in cognitive science and philosophy of mind. Presented in the form of a dialogue, the book explores some of the psychological and philosophical consequences that the author derives from his proposal.

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Oscar Vilarroya studied Medicine at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. As an undergraduate, he worked as a research assistant in the Neuropsychology Section at the Hospital de la Creu i Sant Pau. After graduating, Vilarroya moved to the United Kindom, where he worked as research officer in Neuropsychology at the University of London, under the direction of Professor Christine Temple. Back in Barcelona, Vilarroya became interested in connectionist modeling and philosophy of mind. He completed his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Language at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1998. Vilarroya has authored papers in major scholarly journals such as Brain and Language, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Minds and Machines, Biology and Philosophy, and Cognitive Linguistics, and is also one of the founders of the Centre de Recerca en Ciència Cognitiva. He currently is a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and is an active disseminator of science and medicine, appearing regularly in the Spanish press and radio media.
”Provocative and imaginative, the first volume in the VIBS’ Special Series in Cognitive Science is a critique of the traditional theoretical apparatus of the discipline. In The Dissolution of Mind, neuroscientist Oscar Vilarroya undertakes the ambitious project of reformulating the traditional notions of ‘concept,’ ‘thought,’ ‘communication,’ ‘representation,’ ‘language’ and eventually ‘mind.’” in: Metapsychology, May 2003
List of Illustrations
Editorial Foreword by Oscar Vilarroya
Guest Foreword by Adolf Tobeña
ONE Alice’s Perplexities
TWO Non-Professor O’s Aphorisms
THREE Monday. On How No Superfluous Experiences Exist
FOUR Tuesday. On How to Get by Without Concepts
FIVE Wednesday. On How to Live in a Virtual World
SIX Thursday. On How Words Lost Their Meaning
SEVEN Friday. On How to Communicate Without Information
EIGHT Saturday. On How Living Dissolves the Mind
NINE Sunday. “Tap-Tapping” the Compass
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