How do mental experiences of the taste and smell of coffee, touch of a feather, sound of a trumpet, the color green, emotions, etc. arise from the brain? This book presents a new theory that explains how consciousness can arise from associational relationships among nerve cell firing patterns in the brain. The theory clarifies numerous issues within the field of consciousness study and provides insights into the nature of quantum physics, free will, God, and the question of immortality of the mind.
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Table of ContentsPreface
Chapter 1. The Definition of Consciousness and the Mind/Body Problem.
Chapter 2. The Importance of the Mind/Body Problem.
Chapter 3. The Origin of Consciousness - Current Theories.
Chapter 4. Toward a New Theory of Consciousness.
Chapter 5. Consciousness = Information = Meaning.
Chapter 6. Formats, Carriers, and Triggers of Information
Chapter 7. Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Meaning in Consciousness.
Chapter 8. Customary Consciousness in part Requires Reportable Intrinsic Meaning.
Chapter 9. How the Firing of Brain Circuits can have Intrinsic Meaning.
Chapter 10. Consciousness and Ambiguity of Meaning.
Chapter 11. Intrinsic Meaning, Reportability and " Self Circuits" as the Key Requirements for Customary Consciousness.
Chapter 12. The Hierarchical Structure of Meaning.
Chapter 13. The Intrinsic Origin of the Senses.
Chapter 14. Explaining Classical Problems in the Field of Consciousness:
-- The Binding Problem
-- The Chinese Room Problem
-- Split-Brain Experiments
-- The Idiot Savant
-- Mary, The Colorblind Physiologist
-- Reversed Qualia
-- Novel Qualia
-- Consciousness of Self
-- Consciousness of Consciousness
-- Consciousness --- Is It Useful?
-- Can Zombies Exist?
-- Consciousness of Additional Spatial Dimensions
-- Consciousness of Higher Levels of Meaning
-- How Mind-Expansive can Consciousness be?
-- Seeing with Sound
-- Can a Computer be Conscious?
Chapter 15. The Universality of Consciousness.
Chapter 16. Consciousness in Space and Time.
Chapter 17. Mind and the Real World - Made of the Same Stuff?
Chapter 18. Quantum Theory and Reality.
Chapter 19. Free Will, God, and the Soul.
Chapter 20. The Future.
Chapter 21. Summary.