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"A startling first book....Offers an outstandingly competent survey of the field."—The Economist
"Chalmers shakes up the reductionist world of neurological research by asserting that scientists need to approach the conscious experience as a basic, nonphysical component of the world, similar to time, space, and matter."—Science News
"David Chalmers is widely credited for posing the so-called hard problem of consciousness:...What is the nature of subjective experience? Why do we have vividly felt experiences of the world? Why is there someone home inside our heads?"—The New York Times
|Introduction: Taking Consciousness Seriously|
|1||Two Concepts of Mind||3|
|2||Supervenience and Explanation||32|
|3||Can Consciousness Be Reductively Explained?||93|
|5||The Paradox of Phenomenal Judgment||172|
|6||The Coherence Between Consciousness and Cognition||213|
|7||Absent Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia||247|
|8||Consciousness and Information: Some Speculation||276|
|9||Strong Artificial Intelligence||309|
|10||The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics||333|
Posted June 19, 2006
Philosopher and author David J. Chalmers makes an ambitious, daring attempt to expand the understanding of consciousness. Although he admits that his sympathies are with materialism, he concludes that materialist (physical) explanations cannot account for the existence of consciousness. His theory of consciousness is based in the natural world, but he proposes that consciousness has both physical and nonphysical properties. He suggests that a set of psychophysical laws are needed to explain the how and why of consciousness. Although parts of this book are densely technical and call for readers with a thorough background in mathematics, physics and philosophy, Chalmers has taken pains to make his material as accessible as possible to the average well-educated person. He even puts asterisks beside sections that lay readers are likely to find too daunting, and notes those sections general readers might most productively read, skim or ignore. We suggest this book to well-schooled readers who are interested in the philosophy of the mind, cognition or psychology.
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