The Conscious Mind

The Conscious Mind : In Search of a Fundamental Theory

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What is consciousness? How do physical processes in the brain give rise to the self-aware mind and to feelings as profoundly varied as love or hate, aesthetic pleasure or spiritual yearning?

David J. Chalmers unveils a major new theory of consciousness, one that rejects the prevailing reductionist trend of science, while offering provocative insights into the relationship between mind and brain. Writing in a thought-provoking style, Chalmers proposes that conscious experience must be understood as an irreducible entity similar to such physical properties as time, mass, and space that exists at a fundamental level and cannot be understood as the sum of its parts. Engaging and
penetrating, this book adds a fresh new perspective to the subject that is sure to spark debate about our understanding of the mind for years to come.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 29mm | 683g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195117891
  • 9780195117899
  • 44,252

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Eloquent, fiendishly clever ... One of the best science books of the year. * Sunday Times * an outstanding contribution to our understanding of consciousness * Steven Pinker * a startling first book
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About David J. Chalmers

David J. Chalmers is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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