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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics' by Roger Penrose (1989)

The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics' by Roger Penrose (1989)

The book explores the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics and the implications of computers and artificial intelligence on the nature of consciousness.

Penrose argues against the possibility of true artificial intelligence, suggesting that the only form of intelligence that exists is that which is found in humans.

He puts forward a mathematical argument which he claims proves that machines cannot think, and that consciousness must be based on non-computable laws of physics.

Penrose explores the relationship between the mind and the physical world, and the implications of the Gödel incompleteness theorem on such a relationship.

He also discusses the implications of his argument for the free will debate and for the existence of a creator.

He proposes a new type of 'quantum gravity' theory which he claims could explain the existence of consciousness.

Penrose speculates on the nature of the universe, arguing that it is subject to laws of physics which are not fully understood.

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