Who was Mrs Willett?: Landscapes and Dynamics of Mind

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Here is an account of mentality and human experience, written for a multi-disciplinary readership. The focus is on how mind, consciousness and selves inter-relate, extending into exploration of ideas about the nature of awareness and a search for relevant evidence.‘Consciousness studies’ has reached something of a crossroads nowadays. Computational approaches to mind and ‘quantum consciousness’ theories, have not lived up to early hopes. Neuroscience has made huge strides in the last few years, but is still ...
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Overview

Here is an account of mentality and human experience, written for a multi-disciplinary readership. The focus is on how mind, consciousness and selves inter-relate, extending into exploration of ideas about the nature of awareness and a search for relevant evidence.‘Consciousness studies’ has reached something of a crossroads nowadays. Computational approaches to mind and ‘quantum consciousness’ theories, have not lived up to early hopes. Neuroscience has made huge strides in the last few years, but is still nowhere near able to account for the existence of consciousness itself - as opposed to being able to explain how some of its content gets there. Philosophically, there is lack of consensus over both the nature of consciousness and what questions we should be asking about it.Chris Nunn's book surveys the current situation and argues that, as far as ‘mind’ is concerned, we need to take the overall dynamics into consideration, which include genetic, environmental and social factors along with neurology. He emphasizes the close links that exist between memory, experience and personhood. What emerges most strongly from this account is that answers to questions about the nature of consciousness are likely to depend on achieving a better understanding of the physics of time.Chris Nunn is a psychiatrist who researched mind/body relationships and bipolar disorder. He has been involved in the ‘consciousness studies’ movement since 1992.
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“Simply stated, engagingly written, and in many ways fresh and original. Nunn’s way of understanding the dynamics of how minds interact with bodies and with each other is potentially important, and worth close attention from those looking for new ways of bringing a form of synthesis to the consciousness studies field.”"Myers and other communicators really did continue to exist as developing personalities, or weather our understanding of time and memory is so incomplete that we do not currently have enough pieces of the jigsaw." The Scientific and Medical Network.
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Scientific experiments which have been made on consciousness and time have led to all kinds of mix-ups and conflicting conclusions."sums up the latest thinking in the controversial area of consciousness studies"
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  • ISBN-13: 9781845402198
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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