Consciousness: An Introduction / Edition 1

Consciousness: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Susan Blackmore
     
 

Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself just an illusion? The "last great mystery of science," consciousness was excluded from serious research for most of the last century but is now a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. Recently the topic has also captured growing… See more details below

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Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself just an illusion? The "last great mystery of science," consciousness was excluded from serious research for most of the last century but is now a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. Recently the topic has also captured growing popular interest. This groundbreaking book 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 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. Enhanced by numerous illustrations and profiles of important researchers, the book also includes selfassessment questions, further reading suggestions, and practical exercises that help bring the subject to life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195153439
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/16/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Sect. 1The problem
1What's the problem?7
2What is it like to be ...?22
3What does consciousness do?36
Sect. 2The world
4Attention and timing51
5The theatre of the mind64
6The grand illusion78
Sect. 3The self
7Egos, bundles and multiple selves94
8Theories of self109
9Agency and free will123
Sect. 4Evolution
10The evolution of consciousness139
11The function of consciousness152
12Animal minds166
Sect. 5Artificial consciousness
13Minds and machines181
14Could a machine be conscious?197
15How to build a conscious machine211
Sect. 6The brain
16The neural correlates of consciousness226
17The unity of consciousness242
18Damaged brains257
Sect. 7Borderlands
19Unconscious processing272
20The paranormal288
21Reality and imagination304
Sect. 8Altered states of consciousness
22Drugs and altered states321
23Sleep, dreams and hypnotic states338
24Exceptional human experience354
Sect. 9First-person approaches
25The view from within370
26Meditation and mindfulness385
27Buddhism and consciousness401
References415
Index443

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