Consciousness: An Introduction

Consciousness: An Introduction

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By (author) Susan J. Blackmore

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  • Publisher: Hodder Arnold
  • Format: Hardback | 472 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 244mm x 24mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340809094
  • ISBN 13: 9780340809099
  • Sales rank: 489,378

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Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself just an illusion? The 'last great mystery of science', consciousness is a topic that was banned from serious research for most of the last century, but is now an area of increasing popular interest, as well as a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy and neuroscience. This ground-breaking new book by best-selling author, Susan Blackmore is the first of its kind to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies, from those based on neuroscience to those based on quantum theory or Eastern philosophy. The book examines topics such as how subjective experiences arise from objective brain processes, the basic neuroscience of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, out of body and near death experiences and the effects of drugs, dreams and meditation. It also explores the nature of self, the possibility of artificial consciousness in robots, and the question of whether animals are conscious. For all those intrigued by popular science, and what it means to exist, this book could radically transform each reader's understanding of their own consciousness.

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Susan Blackmore is a full time writer, lecturer and broadcaster, whose previous books include the controversial bestseller The Meme Machine (OUP, 1999)

Review quote

One day, all consciousness textbooks will be made this way. Susan Blackmore's Consciousness is an invaluable addition to the area of consciousness research. It is balanced, scholarly and yet student-friendly: no undergraduate course on consciousness should be without it. This book will prove to be the benchmark by which future consciousness-course texts are judged. Blackmore's title concentrates on the theory and practice of consciousness by asking you to do some thinking for yourself...she invites you as the reader to join in the speculations by taking part in various illustrative activities. These provide far more insight than words and references ever could on their own. This book can be read by anyone at any level of interest, from the most casual browser to the full-time psychology professional. -- Focus 20030901 Blackmore provides a very student-friendly way in to the often complex debates about consciousness -- Mr A Stone, South Bank University 20030601

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Problem; Chapter 2 The World; Chapter 3 The Self; Chapter 4 Evolution; Chapter 5 Artificial Consciousness; Chapter 6 The Brain; Chapter 7 Borderlands; Chapter 8 Altered States; Chapter 9 First Person Approaches; Chapter 10 Theories