Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human

Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human

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by Susan Blackmore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195179595

ISBN-13: 9780195179590

Pub. Date: 12/20/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In Conversations on Consciousness, Susan Blackmore interviews some of the great minds of our time, a who's who of eminent thinkers, all of whom have devoted much of their lives to understanding the concept of consciousness. The interviewees, ranging from major philosophers to renowned scientists, talk candidly with Blackmore about some of the key philosophical

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In Conversations on Consciousness, Susan Blackmore interviews some of the great minds of our time, a who's who of eminent thinkers, all of whom have devoted much of their lives to understanding the concept of consciousness. The interviewees, ranging from major philosophers to renowned scientists, talk candidly with Blackmore about some of the key philosophical issues confronting us in a series of conversations that are revealing, insightful, and stimulating. They ruminate on the nature of consciousness (is it something apart from the brain?) and discuss if it is even possible to understand the human mind. Some of these thinkers say no, but most believe that we will pierce the mystery surrounding consciousness, and that neuroscience will provide the key. Blackmore goes beyond the issue of consciousness to ask other intriguing questions: Is there free will? (A question which yields many conflicted replies, with most saying yes and no.) If not, how does this effect the way you live your life; and more broadly, how has your work changed the way you live?
Paired with an introduction and extensive glossary that provide helpful background information, these provocative conversations illuminate how some of the greatest minds tackle some of the most difficult questions about human nature.

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ISBN-13:
9780195179590
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/20/2006
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
660,891
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Bernard Baars11
Ned Block24
David Chalmers36
Patricia and Paul Churchland50
Francis Crick68
Daniel Dennett79
Susan Greenfield92
Richard Gregory104
Stuart Hameroff115
Christof Koch125
Stephen LaBerge137
Thomas Metzinger149
Kevin O'Regan160
Roger Penrose173
Vilayanur Ramachandran186
John Searle198
Petra Stoerig213
Francisco Varela222
Max Velmans233
Daniel Wegner245

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