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The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self



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Philosopher and scientist Thomas Metzinger argues that neuroscience's picture of the "self" as an emergent phenomenon of our biology and the attendant fact that the "self" can be manipulated--and even controlled--raises novel and serious ethical questions. If, as Metzinger argues, our conception of the self is a sort of tunnel-vision-like experience of the world, with little left in and much left out, can there be better or worse states of consciousness? And if so, what should we do to try to achieve them? Here, Metzinger outlines his vision of a moral philosophy of the mind.

Author Biography

Thomas Metzinger directs the Theoretical Philosophy Group at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He lives in Berlin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Consciousness Problem
The Appearance of a Worldp. 15
A Tour of the Tunnelp. 25
The Unity of Consciousnessp. 66
Ideas and Discoveries
Out of the Body and into the Mind: Body Image, Out-of-Body Experiences, and the Virtual Selfp. 75
From Ownership to Agency to Free Willp. 115
Philosophical Psychonautics: What can we Learn from Lucid Dreaming?p. 133
Dreamingp. 149
The Empathic Egop. 163
The Shared Manifoldp. 174
The Consciousness Revolution
Artificial Ego Machinesp. 187
Consciousness Technologies and the Image of Humankindp. 207
A New Kind of Ethicsp. 219
Notesp. 241
Indexp. 261
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