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The first minds : caterpillars, 'karyotes, and consciousness

Author: Arthur S Reber
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work presents a novel theory of the origins of mind and consciousness dubbed the Cellular Basis of Consciousness (CBC). It argues that sentience emerged with life itself. The most primitive unicellular species of bacteria are conscious, though it is a sentience of a primitive kind. They have minds, though they are tiny and limited in scope. Hints that cells might be conscious can be found in the writings of a  Read more...
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Reber, Arthur S., 1940-
First minds.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018017039
(OCoLC)1048281457
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur S Reber
ISBN: 9780190854188 0190854189 9780190854164 0190854162
OCLC Number: 1057725628
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface --
Can robots be conscious? --
Why has a cellular basis of consciousness-type model not been proposed before? --
Bio-centric views of the origin of consciousness : the search for the solution to the hard problem --
Where we get serious : the cellular basis of consciousness --
Entailments of the cellular basis of consciousness stance --
Appendix A: An exercise in lexicography : defining(?) consciousness --
Appendix B: Commentary on the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Arthur S. Reber.

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The Cellular Basis of Consciousness theory places the first appearance of sentience at the emergence of life. It makes the radical, and previously unexplored, claim that prokaryotes, like bacteria,  Read more...

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