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Consciousness : an introduction

Author: Susan J Blackmore
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan J Blackmore
ISBN: 0195153421 9780195153422 019515343X 9780195153439
OCLC Number: 52554152
Description: xi, 460 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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 --
Animal minds --
Minds and machines --
Could a machine be conscious? --
How to build a conscious machine --
The neural correlates of consciousness --
The unity of consciousness --
Damaged brains --
Unconscious processing --
The paranormal --
Reality and imagination --
Drugs and altered states --
Sleep, dreams, and hypnotic states --
Exceptional human experience --
The view from within --
Meditation and mindfulness --
Buddhism and consciousness.
Responsibility: Susan Blackmore.
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"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 selfassessment questions, further reading suggestions, and practical exercises that help bring the subject to life. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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