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Consciousness : an introduction (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Susan J. Blackmore

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Thanks to exciting developments in brain science, consciousness?(3zsthe last great mystery(3ys?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.… (more)
Title:Consciousness : an introduction
Authors:Susan J. Blackmore
Info:Oxford; Oxford University Press, 2004. xi, 460 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Who hasn’t wondered about their awareness, their perception, and their experience of the world around them? I think it’s a rare person who hasn’t thought about these things from time to time. In Consciousness: An Introduction, Susan Blackmore presents the views, research, and conclusions the philosophical and scientific communities have developed. This is a potentially complicated subject, and Blackmore writes with enough clarity to make understanding easy.

Full review: http://libwen.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/consciousness-an-introduction-by-susan-bl... ( )
  juliayoung | Sep 9, 2010 |
Textbook for one of the modules I teach. Good, clear. Plugs Buddhism at the end. ( )
  willnapier | Jul 18, 2007 |
Cognitive Science is a broadreaching attempt at integrating all sciences which deal with the workings of the brain, and how subjective awareness of that action works. Given the multiple sciences involved, no one book will be able to do more than give a general overview. And, almost all that I've seen fail at even that. C:AI is the only one that I have no hesitation in recommending for that purpose.

It starts out with a warning that you're not going to be the same after reading it, and this was certainly my experience. It's a forced look into the workings of your own mind, and there's bound to be something in there which you've been oblivious to the true nature of.

The only possible downside is a sometimes odd return, again and again, to the opinions of Daniel Dennet. However, he happens to be one of the few philosophers whose work doesn't frustrate me with its distaste of actually testing theory. ( )
  johnemersonsfoot | Jun 23, 2007 |
A comprehensive textbook, Consciousness serves any student looking for a primer on consciousness studies. Susan Blackmore's writing is accessible, and her sidebars and activities aide in understanding the concepts and problems. Replete with quotes, short bios and additional reading lists the book also introduces the student to the big thinkers and prominent names in the field. Blackmore's other book, Conversations on Consciousness, is a good compliment to this. ( )
  Yiggy | Jun 14, 2007 |
Textbooky, somewhat jazzed up, covering all the main schools of thought. One review is at http://www.sci-con.org/reviews/20040102.html. (Sci-con.org looks like a meaty consciousness site.)
  fpagan | Nov 11, 2006 |
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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 was excluded from serious research for most of the last century but is now a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. Recently the topic has also captured growing popular interest.
This groundbreaking book is the first volume to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies--from those rooted in traditional Western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience, quantum theory, and Eastern philosophy. Broadly interdisciplinary, Consciousness: An Introduction is divided into nine sections that examine such topics as how subjective experiences arise from objective brain processes, the basic neuroscience and neuropathology of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, mystical experiences and dreams, and the effects of drugs and meditation. It also discusses the nature of self, the possibility of artificial consciousness in robots, and the question of whether or not animals are conscious. Enhanced by numerous illustrations and profiles of important researchers, the book also includes self-assessment questions, further reading suggestions, and practical exercises that help bring the subject to life.
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