Conscious Mind In Search of a Fundamental Theory

ISBN-10: 0195117891
ISBN-13: 9780195117899
Edition: 1998 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/27/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430

What is consciousness? How do physical processes in the brain give rise to the self-aware mind and to feelings as profoundly varied as love or hate, aesthetic pleasure or spiritual yearning? David J. Chalmers unveils a major new theory of consciousness, one that rejects the prevailing reductionist trend of science, while offering provocative insights into the relationship between mind and brain. Writing in a thought-provoking style, Chalmers proposes that conscious experience must be understood as an irreducible entity similar to such physical properties as time, mass, and space that exists at a fundamental level and cannot be understood as the sum of its parts. Engaging and penetrating, this book adds a fresh new perspective to the subject that is sure to spark debate about our understanding of the mind for years to come.

Introduction: Taking Consciousness Seriously
Two Concepts of Mind
Supervenience and Explanation
Can Consciousness Be Reductively Explained?
Naturalistic Dualism
The Paradox of Phenomenal Judgment
The Coherence Between Consciousness and Cognition
Absent Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia
Consciousness and Information: Some Speculation
Strong Artificial Intelligence
The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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