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Conscious : a brief guide to the fundamental mystery of the mind

Author: Annaka Harris
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"What is consciousness? How does it arise? And why does it exist? We take our experience of being in the world for granted. But the very existence of consciousness raises profound questions: Why would any collection of matter in the universe be conscious? How are we able to think about this? And why should we? In this wonderfully accessible book, Annaka Harris guides us through the evolving definitions,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annaka Harris
ISBN: 9780062906717 0062906712
OCLC Number: 1050616685
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-123) and index.
Description: 130 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: A mystery hiding in plain sight --
Intuitions and illusions --
Is consciousness free? --
Along for the ride --
Who are we? --
Is consciousness everywhere? --
Beyond panpsychism --
Consciousness and time.
Responsibility: Annaka Harris.

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"What is consciousness? How does it arise? And why does it exist? We take our experience of being in the world for granted. But the very existence of consciousness raises profound questions: Why would any collection of matter in the universe be conscious? How are we able to think about this? And why should we? In this wonderfully accessible book, Annaka Harris guides us through the evolving definitions, philosophies, and scientific findings that probe our limited understanding of consciousness. Where does it reside, and what gives rise to it? Could it be an illusion, or a universal property of all matter? As we try to understand consciousness, we must grapple with how to define it and, in the age of artificial intelligence, who or what might possess it. Conscious offers lively and challenging arguments that alter our ideas about consciousness--allowing us to think freely about it for ourselves, if indeed we can." -- book jacket.

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