stairway to the mind the controversial new science of consciousness

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Stairway To The Mind

Author : Alwyn Scott
ISBN : 9781461225102
Genre : Medical
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Human consciousness has perplexed philosophers, artists and scientists for centuries. Some hold it to be purely physical, while others believe it transcends the material world. Now comes a book that offers a new perspective - based entirely on evidence from the natural sciences - whereby materialism and dualism co-exist. The author - a distinguished pioneer of nonlinear dynamics - bases his argument on a hierarchical view of mental organization; a stairway. Atoms give rise to molecules, neurons form the brain and individual consciousness leads to shared culture. All steps are needed to complete the picture and each level derives from the previous one. The book shows specialists how each of their fields adds to the overall picture, while providing general readers with an introduction to this investigation.

Human Identity At The Intersection Of Science Technology And Religion

Author : Christopher C. Knight
ISBN : 9781317120049
Genre : Religion
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Humans are unique in their ability to reflect on themselves. Recently a number of scholars have pointed out that human self-conceptions have a history. Ideas of human nature in the West have always been shaped by the interplay of philosophy, theology, science, and technology. The fast pace of developments in the latter two spheres (neuroscience, genetics, artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering) call for fresh reflections on what it means, now, to be human, and for theological and ethical judgments on how we might shape our own destiny in the future. The leading scholars in this book offer fresh contributions to the lively quest for an account of ourselves that does justice to current developments in theology, science, technology, and philosophy.

Consciousness Studies

Author : K. Ramakrishna Rao
ISBN : 9781476621715
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Consciousness is perplexing: too familiar and intimate to ignore, too complex and elusive to understand. Although consciousness is embedded in all our experience and is considered basic to all our knowing, no one seems to know what exactly it is, and the concept is both widely used and much abused. For the better part of the twentieth century, the study of consciousness was viewed as unworthy of scholarly and scientific pursuit. Research has consequently suffered. This cross-cultural examination first explores the varieties of conscious experience and reflects on the attempts to understand and explain consciousness in the Western scholarly and scientific tradition. The next section deals with Eastern spiritual traditions and how they differ with and complement the Western viewpoints. In the final chapters the author reconciles the two traditions for a comprehensive understanding of what consciousness is, and considers how such an understanding may be helpful for a cross-cultural assessment of behavior, as well as for enhancing human abilities and wellness.

Brain Mystery Light And Dark

Author : Charles Don Keyes
ISBN : 9781134678822
Genre : Philosophy
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Brain Mystery Light and Dark examines scientific models of how the brain becomes conscious and argues that the spiritual dimension of life is compatible with the main scientific theories. Keyes shows us that the belief in the unity of mind and brain does not necessarily undermine aesthetic, religious, and ethical beliefs.

Evolutionsbiologische Neubewertung Der Stammgeschichtlichen Entwicklung Des Menschen Und Seiner Ontogenese

Author : Hans-Rainer Duncker
ISBN : STANFORD:36105021731257
Genre : Science
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A slim volume which relates the development of human relationships and social structures to the evolution of the human body. The biological development of human beings, and the brain in particular, led to increased perception, speech, movement and tool making. This development of humans as a species is reflected in the growth of an individual from birth who similarly gains powers in self-awareness, expression and function and learns how to relate to others and to organisations. The study is preceded by a discussion of present evolution theories.

Science And Beyond

Author : Sangeetha Menon
ISBN : CHI:75785985
Genre : Science and spiritualism
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Contributed papers presented at an international symposium.

Journal Of Scientific Exploration

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ISBN : UOM:39015081532783
Genre : Research
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Why Aren T Black Holes Black

Author : Robert M. Hazen
ISBN : 0385480148
Genre : Science
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Explores the unanswered questions of science, such as "Are we alone in the universe?" and "Can we unravel our genetic code?"


Author : David Rose
ISBN : 0198792948
Genre : Psychology
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Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Neural Theories integrates studies from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to capture the major themes on which our current understanding of consciousness is based. Taking a critical, thought-provoking approach, it provides the reader with a wealth of information from which to develop their own informed views.

Modeling Consciousness Across The Disciplines

Author : J. Scott Jordan
ISBN : UOM:39015047574036
Genre : Philosophy
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Drawing on a variety of scholarly perspectives, this extraordinary volume explores the nature of consciousness and highlights the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue for understanding the many facets of this subject. The contributors to this volume come from diverse fields within science and the humanities, including neuropsychology, art history, rhetoric, philosophy, history, and physical science. While revealing how the perspectives within a discipline guide researchers toward particular conclusions, this volume demonstrates the inherent difficulty in studying consciousness from a single point of view and exposes the conceptual inadequacies that arise when consciousness studies are localized within one discipline. This timely collection breathes life into a topic that has a long history of scholarly interest, providing researchers from diverse backgrounds with much to contemplate.

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