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Consciousness An Introduction

ISBN-10: 019515343X
ISBN-13: 9780195153439
Edition: 2003
Authors: Susan Blackmore
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself just an illusion? The "last great mystery of science," consciousness was excluded from serious research for most of the last century but is now a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. Recently the topic has also captured growing popular interest. This groundbreaking book is the first volume to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies--from those rooted in traditional Western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience, quantum theory, and Eastern philosophy. Broadly interdisciplinary, Consciousness: An Introduction is divided into nine sections that examine such topics as how subjective experiences arise from objective brain processes, the basic neuroscience and neuropathology of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, mystical experiences and dreams, and the effects of drugs and meditation. It also discusses the nature of self, the possibility of artificial consciousness in robots, and the question of whether or not animals are conscious. Enhanced by numerous illustrations and profiles of important researchers, the book also includes self-assessment questions, further reading suggestions, and practical exercises that help bring the subject to life.

Boxes and Sidebars
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The problem
What's the problem?
What is it like to be...?
What does consciousness do?
The world
Attention and timing
The theater of the mind
The grand illusion
The self
Egos, bundles and multiple selves
Theories of self
Agency and free will
Evolution
The evolution of consciousness
The function of consciousness
Animal minds
Artificial consciousness
Minds and machines
Could a machine be conscious?
How to build a conscious machine
The brain
The neural correlates of consciousness
The unity of consciousness
Damaged brains
Borderlands
Unconscious processing
The paranormal
Reality and imagination
Altered states of consciousness
Drugs and altered states
Sleep, dreams and hypnotic states
Exceptional human experience
First-person approaches
The view from within
Meditation and mindfulness
Buddhism and consciousness
References
Index

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