9780195153439

Consciousness An Introduction

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    9780195153439

  • ISBN10:

    019515343X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/16/2003
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

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: AnIntroduction 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 andmeditation. 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 self-assessment questions, furtherreading suggestions, and practical exercises that help bring the subject to life.

Author Biography

Dr. Susan Blackmore is a full-time writer, lecturer, and broadcaster A former Reader in Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, she is also the author of more than sixty scientific articles and forty book contributions

Table of Contents

Boxes and Sidebars ix
Acknowledgments x
Introduction 1(6)
Section One The problem
1 What's the problem?
7(15)
2 What is it like to be...?
22(14)
3 What does consciousness do?
36(15)
Section Two The world
4 Attention and timing
51(13)
5 The theater of the mind
64(14)
6 The grand illusion
78(16)
Section Three The self
7 Egos, bundles and multiple selves
94(15)
8 Theories of self
109(14)
9 Agency and free will
123(16)
Section Four Evolution
10 The evolution of consciousness
139(13)
11 The function of consciousness
152(14)
12 Animal minds
166(15)
Section Five Artificial consciousness
13 Minds and machines
181(16)
14 Could a machine be conscious
197(14)
15 How to build a conscious machine
211(15)
Section Six The brain
16 The neural correlates of consciousness
226(16)
17 The unity of consciousness
242(15)
18 Damaged brains
257(15)
Section Seven Borderlands
19 Unconscious processing
272(16)
20 The paranormal
288(16)
21 Reality and imagination
304(17)
Section Eight Altered states of consciousness
22 Drugs and altered states
321(17)
23 Sleep, dreams and hypnotic states
338(16)
24 Exceptional human experience
354(16)
Section Nine First-person approaches
25 The view from within
370(15)
26 Meditation and mindfulness
385(16)
27 Buddhism and consciousness
401(14)
References 415(28)
Index 443

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