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Conversations on Consciousness What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human

ISBN-10: 0195179595
ISBN-13: 9780195179590
Edition: N/A
Authors: Susan Blackmore
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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704

In Conversations on Consciousness, Susan Blackmore interviews some of the great minds of our time, a who's who of eminent thinkers, all of whom have devoted much of their lives to understanding the concept of consciousness. The interviewees, ranging from major philosophers to renowned scientists, talk candidly with Blackmore about some of the key philosophical issues confronting us in a series of conversations that are revealing, insightful, and stimulating. They ruminate on the nature of consciousness (is it something apart from the brain?) and discuss if it is even possible to understand the human mind. Some of these thinkers say no, but most believe that we will pierce the mystery surrounding consciousness, and that neuroscience will provide the key. Blackmore goes beyond the issue of consciousness to ask other intriguing questions: Is there free will? (A question which yields many conflicted replies, with most saying yes and no.) If not, how does this effect the way you live your life; and more broadly, how has your work changed the way you live? Paired with an introduction and extensive glossary that provide helpful background information, these provocative conversations illuminate how some of the greatest minds tackle some of the most difficult questions about human nature.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Bernard Baars
Ned Block
David Chalmers
Patricia and Paul Churchland
Francis Crick
Daniel Dennett
Susan Greenfield
Richard Gregory
Stuart Hameroff
Christof Koch
Stephen LaBerge
Thomas Metzinger
Kevin O'Regan
Roger Penrose
Vilayanur Ramachandran
John Searle
Petra Stoerig
Francisco Varela
Max Velmans
Daniel Wegner
Glossary
Index

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