Consciousness: An Introduction / Edition 2

Consciousness: An Introduction / Edition 2

by Susan Blackmore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199739099

ISBN-13: 9780199739097

Pub. Date: 02/07/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Now in a new edition, this innovative text is the first volume to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies—from those rooted in traditional Western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience, quantum theory, and Eastern philosophy. Broadly interdisciplinary, Consciousness: An Introduction, Second Edition, is divided into nine

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Now in a new edition, this innovative text is the first volume to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies—from those rooted in traditional Western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience, quantum theory, and Eastern philosophy. Broadly interdisciplinary, Consciousness: An Introduction, Second Edition, is divided into nine sections that examine such topics as how subjective experiences arise from objective brain processes, the basic neuroscience and neuropathology of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, mystical experiences and dreams, and the effects of drugs and meditation. It also discusses the nature of self, the possibility of artificial consciousness in robots, and the question of whether or not animals are conscious.

PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES

* Profiles of important philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and biologists involved in consciousness studies

* "Concept" text boxes that elucidate specific aspects of consciousness

* "Practice" and "Activity" text boxes that encourage students to engage in practical exercises in class and at home

* Bold marginal quotations that emphasize key ideas, and suggestions for further reading

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199739097
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
540
Sales rank:
104,802
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

*=New to this Edition
Preface
Art Credits
Boxes and Sidebars
Introduction
Section One. The Problem
1. What's the Problem?
2. What Is It Like To Be . . .?
3. Conscious and Unconscious?
Section Two. The World
4. The Theater of the Mind
5. Attention and Timing
6. The Grand Illusion
Section Three. The Self
7. Egos, Bundles, and Multiple Selves
8. Theories of Self
9. Agency and Free Will
Section Four. The Brain
10. The Neural Correlates of Consciousness
11. The Unity of Consciousness
12. Damaged Brains
Section Five. Evolution
13. Evolution and Consciousness
14. The Function of Consciousness
15. Animal Minds
* Section Six. Artificial Consciousness
* 16. Minds and Machines
* 17. Could a Machine Be Conscious?
* 18. How to Build a Conscious Machine
Section Seven. Borderlands
19. Unconscious Processing
20. Reality and Imagination
21. The Paranormal
Section Eight. Altered States of Consciousness
22. Drugs and Altered States
23. Sleep, Dreams, and Hypnotic States
* 24. Exceptional Human Experience
Section Nine. First-Person Approaches
25. The View from Within
* 26. Meditation and Mindfulness
27. Waking Up
References
Index

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