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|Description:||xii, 364 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||The dream of Galileo --
Evidence : experiments of nature --
Introduction : displacements --
Cerebrum : in which it is shown that the corticothalamic system generates consciousness --
Cerebellum : in which it is shown that the cerebellum, while having more neurons than the cerebrum, does not generate consciousness --
Two blind painters : in which it is shown that sensory inputs and pathways are not necessary for consciousness --
A brain locked in : in which it is shown that motor inputs and pathways are not necessary for consciousness, nor are they sufficient --
Empress without memory : in which it is shown that many brain circuits that help us see, hear, remember, speak, and act are not necessary for consciousness --
A brain split : in which it is shown that consciousness is divided if the brain is split --
A brain conflicted : in which it is shown that consciousness can split if different regions of the brain refuse to talk to each other --
A brain possessed : in which it is shown that when cortical neurons fire strongly and synchronously, as during certain seizures, consciousness fades --
A brain asleep : in which it is shown that when cortical neurons can be on and off only together, as during dreamless sleep, consciousness fades --
Theory : experiments of thought --
Introduction : the enigma of consciousness --
Galileo and the photodiode : in which it is shown that the humble photodiode can tell light from dark as well as Galileo --
Information : the manifold repertoire : in which it is shown that the repertoire of possible experiences is as large as one can imagine --
Galileo and the camera : in which it is shown that the sensor of a digital camera has a large repertoire of possible states, perhaps larger than Galileo's --
Integrated information : the many and the one : in which it is shown that consciousness lives where information is integrated by a single entity above and beyond its parts --
Galileo and the bat : in which it is shown that the quality of experience cannot be derived from matter --
Seeing dark (deconstructing darkness) : in which it is shown that darkness does not exist is a void but requires a context --
The meaning of ark (constructing darkness) : in which it is shown that darkness is built of many nested mechanisms that specify what it is not --
The Palace of Light : in which it is shown that an experience is a shape made of integrated information --
The Garden of Qualia : in which it is said that the universe is mostly dark, but the largest stars are closer than one thinks, if they are looked at with the proper instrument --
Implications : a universe of consciousness --
Introduction : sparks and flames --
Nightfall I : death : in which it is said that, if consciousness is integrated information, is dissolves with death --
Nightfall II : dementia : in which it is said that consciousness disintegrates with dementia --
Nightfall III : dolor : in which it is said that, if the quality of consciousness is a shape made of integrated information, it can be turned into the only real and eternal Hell --
Twilight I : consciousness diminished : in which it is said that consciousness can be present in the absence of language and reflection --
Twilight II : consciousness evolving : in which it is said that animals are conscious, too --
Twilight III : consciousness developing : in which it is said that consciousness must be present, to some degree, even before birth --
Daylight I : consciousness exploring : in which it is said that, by investigating nature, new qualia are discovered --
Daylight II : consciousness imagining : in which it is said that are and imagination invent new shapes within the mind --
Daylight III : consciousness growing : in which it is said that, by growing consciousness, the universe comes more into being, the synthesis of one and many --
Epilogue : three late dreams --
Afterthoughts : study questions.
- Consciousness -- Physiological aspects.
- Brain -- Physiology.
- Mind and body.
- Consciousness -- physiology.
- Brain -- physiology.
- Thinking -- physiology.
- PSYCHOLOGY -- Neuropsychology.
- PHILOSOPHY -- Mind & Body.
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