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  • Publisher: STERLING
  • Format: Hardback | 185 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 183mm x 20mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1402775288
  • ISBN 13: 9781402775284
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,078,542

Product description

Thanks to exciting developments in brain science, consciousness--"the last great mystery"--has now become a hot topic with everyone from biologists to philosophers. Exploring key theories on action and awareness, vision and attention, and the effects of brain damage and drugs, this fascinating study considers whether we really have free will, and what creates our sense of self. Susan Blackmore even questions whether consciousness itself is an illusion, making clear the enormous difficulty we face in bridging the gap between the physical world and our private experiences of it.

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Susan Blackmore is a psychologist, freelance writer, and lecturer. The author of numerous scientific articles and book contributions--including "The Meme Machine," she writes for several magazines and newspapers and is a frequent contributor on radio and television, both in the UK and abroad.