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.

Toward A Science Of Consciousness Ii

Author : Stuart R. Hameroff
ISBN : 0262082624
Genre : Medical
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This text originates from the second of two conferences discussing the concept of consciousness. In 15 sections, this book demonstrates the broad range of fields now focusing on consciousness.

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.

Microgenetic Approach To The Conscious Mind

Author : Talis Bachmann
ISBN : 9789027299895
Genre : Psychology
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Many secrets of nature have been discovered since we have a better understanding of microstructures, for example subatomic spheres in physics and genetic structures in biochemistry. This book is set to convey an overview of the history, methods, findings and theoretical accounts of microgenetic research in consciousness and experimental psychology. The reader will find information about how conscious percepts unfold within only a fraction of a second. In a sense, and according to the microgenetic hypothesis, our subjectively experienced perceptual image undergoes formation similar to the process of developing a photograph. Yet the time scale of the awareness-related perceptual development is much finer and therefore accessible only to observation armed with special experimental procedures that are exposed in this book. In addition, the author presents empirical findings and theoretical interpretations from his own lab. Professor Talis Bachmann has been active in microgenetic research on attention, perception and consciousness for more than 25 years. (Series B)

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.

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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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.

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?"

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