Conversations on Consciousness: Interviews with Twenty Minds

Conversations on Consciousness: Interviews with Twenty Minds

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By (author) Susan Blackmore

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 26mm | 486g
  • Publication date: 10 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019280622X
  • ISBN 13: 9780192806222
  • Illustrations note: numerous black and white illustrations

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This is a delightful collection of interviews with 20 famous names in the study of consciousness. Sue Blackmore, herself a writer on consciousness, engages in conversation with each of these very different personalities, drawing out their views on the nature of the mind, on how what goes on in the network of neurons in the brain produces our vivid experiences, and whether we have free will. The collection includes interviews with such well-known names as Daniel Dennett, John Searle, David Chalmers, Francis Crick (the last interview he gave), V. Ramachandran, Roger Penrose, Richard Gregory, and Susan Greenfield. The interviews are conducted in an informal but focused style, bringing out the personality of each interviewee, and giving the reader a very accessible and readable introduction to their ideas, and to the central scientific and philosophical challenges involved in understanding the nature of mind and consciousness.

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A great read for someone studying, or itnerested in the study of consciousness. BBC Mindgames Blackmore herself comes across as spunky and clever, and the probing follow-up questions she occasionally asks prevent the interviews from seeming too repetitive and boring. Nature "the book provides a very efficient overview of contemporary strands of thinking about its subject." Steven Poole, The Guardian

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Bernard Baars; 3. Ned Block; 4. David Chalmers; 5. The Churchlands; 6. Francis Crick; 7. Daniel Dennett; 8. Susan Greenfield; 9. Richard Gregory; 10. Stuart Hameroff; 11. Christof Koch; 12. Stephen LaBerge; 13. Thomas Metzinger; 14. Roger Penrose; 15. Kevin O'Regan; 16. Vilayanur Ramachandran; 17. John Searle; 18. Petra Stoerig; 19. Francisco Varela; 20. Max Velmans; 21. Daniel Wegner; Glossary; Bibliography; Index