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Conversations on consciousness : what the best minds think about the brain, free will, and what it means to be human

Author: Susan J Blackmore
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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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 with Blackmore about some of the key philosophical issues confronting us in a series of conversations. They ruminate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan J Blackmore
ISBN: 0195179587 9780195179583 0195179595 9780195179590
OCLC Number: 62555307
Notes: Interviews.
Includes index.
Description: vi, 274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
Other Titles: What the best minds think about the brain, free will, and what it means to be human
Responsibility: Susan Blackmore.
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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 with Blackmore about some of the key philosophical issues confronting us in a series of conversations. 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? --From publisher's description.

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