The Tides of David Gelernter's Mind

A dazzling new book reminds us that our minds don’t work like computers—and that wisdom, including the moral wisdom of Judaism, doesn’t progress like science.


Observation
Sept. 1 2016
About the author

Moshe Koppel is a member of the department of computer science at Bar-Ilan University and chairman of the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem.


I’m sitting on the couch deliberating hard about how best to tie together the various strands of David Gelernter’s dazzling new book, The Tides of Mind. Drifting off into a reverie, I re-experience reading the book while sitting on the beach in Tel Aviv. Then I become aware that I’ve drifted off and, inspired by the book, begin to reflect on the experiential qualities of the daydream, only to realize that I can’t have my daydream and reflect on it at the same time.

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