Volume I discusses in detail the workings of the human brain and such topics as consciousness, free will, meaning, etc. A new theory is developed as to how the brain can accommodate meaning, a capability that may always be beyond that of machines. This volume also discusses how the mind, consciousness and free will emerge from the workings of the brain and how and when they evolved along the evolutionary scale.
Volume I also discusses what is called Conceptualization. This theory attempts to explain how we arrive at values and utility in our interaction with various categories in the world.
Volume II then makes an analogy between an economic system like the US economy and the brain. A model of the economy is developed that discusses how a kind of mind emerges from the workings of the economy analogous to the way the human mind emerges from the workings of the brain. It is called the system mind. Evidence for a system mind is presented from recent phenomena such as the Russian transition, 9/11, the women’s movement and economic downturns.