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Overview

Once the domain of philosophers, the study of consciousness is now an exciting branch of science. Author Anthony Freeman, managing editor of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, opens Consciousness with a history of mind study, from the ancient Greeks to the present, and provides a multidisciplinary review of cognitive science. Freeman untangles the conflicting theories on the working of the brain, analyzing the techniques developed for its study over the years.

"Seeing" v. "believing," mind/body connections, zombies, and assembly line robots are just the beginning. Even chaos theory and quantum physics are relevant, with opposing approaches inciting disciplinary battles. This illustrated and accessible volume introduces key researchers like Wilder Penfield, who talked with his conscious sister while operating on her brain tumor.

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"[A]s entertaining as it is helpful . . . Its claim as an overview is made good but not so detailed or erudite to make it unreadable by the layperson."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576077917
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/10/2003
  • Series: Controversies in Science Series
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The "Impossible" Science 1
2 The Biological Brain 21
3 From Light to Sight 43
4 The Conscious Brain 61
5 The Mind-Body Problem 81
6 The (Un)Conscious Computer 101
7 Embodied Consciousness 119
8 The Once and Future Self 137
9 Quantum Physics and Consciousness 157
10 Decision Time 177
11 Dreams, Visions, and Art 197
12 What Is It Like to Be Conscious? 219
References 239
Further Reading 251
Chronology 253
Glossary 261
Documents 277
Index 329
About the Author 339
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