Consciousness An Introduction
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/16/2003
Size: 7.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Boxes and Sidebars|
|What's the problem?|
|What is it like to be...?|
|What does consciousness do?|
|Attention and timing|
|The theater of the mind|
|The grand illusion|
|Egos, bundles and multiple selves|
|Theories of self|
|Agency and free will|
|The evolution of consciousness|
|The function of consciousness|
|Minds and machines|
|Could a machine be conscious?|
|How to build a conscious machine|
|The neural correlates of consciousness|
|The unity of consciousness|
|Reality and imagination|
|Altered states of consciousness|
|Drugs and altered states|
|Sleep, dreams and hypnotic states|
|Exceptional human experience|
|The view from within|
|Meditation and mindfulness|
|Buddhism and consciousness|