Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Consciousness, 'the last great mystery for science', has now become a hot topic. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion? Exciting new developments in brain science are opening up debates on these issues, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers. This controversial book clarifies the potentially confusing arguments, and the major theories using illustrations, lively cartoons, and experiments.Topics include vision and attention, theories of self and will, experiments on action and awareness, altered states of consciousness, and the effects of braindamage and drugs.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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ISBN-13: 9780192805850
ISBN-10: 0192805851
Pagini: 160
Ilustrații: 3 halftones, 3 line drawings and numerous illustrations
Dimensiuni: 112 x 173 x 9 mm
Greutate: 0.14 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria Very Short Introductions

Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


A very thought-provoking book.

Notă biografică

Susan Blackmore has researched various forms of consciousness for over a decade and has recently published the first textbook on the subject (Consciousness: An Introduction, published by OUP-NY and Hodder & Stoughton). She is author of more than sixty scientific articles and forty book contributions, writes for several magazines and newspapers, and is a frequent contributor on radio and television, both in the UK and abroad. Her controversialbestseller, The Meme Machine (OUP 1999), has been translated into eleven other languages and has life sales of 17,800 hardback and 22,500 paperback.


Section One: The problem
1. What’s the problem ?
2. What is it like to be…?
3. Conscious or unconscious ?
Section Two: The world
4. The theatre of the mind
5. Attention and timing
6. The grand illusion
Section Three: The self
7. Egos, bundles and multiple selves
8. Theories of self
9. Agency and free will
Section Four: The brain
10. The neural correlates of consciousness
11. The unity of consciousness
12. Damaged brains
Section Five: Evolution
13. The evolution of consciousness
14. The function of consciousness
15. Animal minds
Section Six: Artificial consciousness
16. Minds and machines
17. Could a machine be conscious?
18. How to build a conscious machine
Section Seven: Borderlands
19. Unconscious processing
20. Reality and imagination
21. The paranormal
Section Eight: Altered states of consciousness
22. Drugs and altered states
23. Sleep dreams and hypnosis
24. Exceptional human experience
Section Nine: First-person approaches
25. The view from within
26. Meditation and mindfulness
27. Waking up