Wider Than the Sky
This semester I read the book Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness by Gerald M.
Edelman, a writer who is also a Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist. This book explores the ideas of
consciousness—what it is, how it works and even whether consciousness actually exists. In the words of the
author, consciousness contains, “Many disparate elements—sensations, perceptions, images, memories
thoughts, emotions, aches, pains, vague feelings and so on. Looked at from the inside, consciousness seems
continually to change, yet at each moment it is all of piece—what I have called ‘the remembered