How The Self Controls Its Brain

Author: John C. Eccles
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 364249224X
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How The Self Controls Its Brain from the Author: John C. Eccles. In this book the author has collected a number of his important works and added an extensive commentary relating his ideas to those of other prominentnames in the consciousness debate. The view presented here is that of a convinced dualist who challenges in a lively and humorous way the prevailing materialist "doctrines" of many recent works. Also included is a new attempt to explain mind-brain interaction via a quantum process affecting the release of neurotransmitters. John Eccles received a knighthood in 1958 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology in 1963. He has numerous other awards honouring his major contributions to neurophysiology.

The Self And Its Brain

Author: Karl R. Popper
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 364261891X
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The Self And Its Brain from the Author: Karl R. Popper. The problem of the relation between our bodies and our minds, and espe cially of the link between brain structures and processes on the one hand and mental dispositions and events on the other is an exceedingly difficult one. Without pretending to be able to foresee future developments, both authors of this book think it improbable that the problem will ever be solved, in the sense that we shall really understand this relation. We think that no more can be expected than to make a little progress here or there. We have written this book in the hope that we have been able to do so. We are conscious of the fact that what we have done is very conjectur al and very modest. We are aware of our fallibility; yet we believe in the intrinsic value of every human effort to deepen our understanding of our selves and of the world we live in. We believe in humanism: in human rationality, in human science, and in other human achievements, however fallible they are. We are unimpressed by the recurrent intellectual fashions that belittle science and the other great human achievements. An additional motive for writing this book is that we both feel that the debunking of man has gone far enough - even too far. It is said that we had to learn from Copernicus and Darwin that man's place in the universe is not so exalted or so exclusive as man once thought. That may well be.

Consciousness Studies

Author: Books Llc
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
ISBN: 9781156946374
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Consciousness Studies from the Author: Books Llc. Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 114. Chapters: Optical illusion, Quantum suicide and immortality, Mental event, Neural Darwinism, Egolessness, Unconsciousness, How the Self Controls Its Brain, Consciousness Explained, Sentience, Qualia, Trance, Subliminal stimuli, Artificial consciousness, Neural correlates of consciousness, Up from Dragons, Implicate and explicate order according to David Bohm, Intentionality, Multiple Drafts Model, Change blindness, Self-awareness, 8-Circuit Model of Consciousness, Exoconsciousness, Eight Consciousnesses, Electromagnetic theories of consciousness, Visual short term memory, Five wisdoms, Psychonautics, Global Consciousness Project, Mirror test, Sociology of human consciousness, Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab, Altered state of consciousness, Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, List of optical illusions, Reality tunnel, Autopoiesis, William James Prize, Many-minds interpretation, Mind-wandering, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Neurophenomenology, Mythopoeic thought, Holonomic brain theory, Hard problem of consciousness, Subconscious, Global Workspace Theory, Shadows of the Mind, Integrated Information Theory, Ego integrity, Adaptive unconscious, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Rouge test, Focus level, Christian de Quincey, Reflexive self-consciousness, Indefinite monism, The Ghost in the Machine, Cosmic consciousness, New Mysterianism, The Emperor's New Mind, Conscious enterprise, Internal monologue, Stream of consciousness, The Astonishing Hypothesis, Subpersonality, Bridge locus, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Explanatory gap, Society of Mind, Subjective character of experience, Prometheus Rising, Janus: A Summing Up, Cartesian theater, Affect consciousness, Self-model theory of subjectivity, The Mechanism of the Mind, Unhappy consciousness, Mind Science Foundation, Online Consciou...

Stairway To The Mind

Author: Alwyn Scott
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387943817
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Stairway To The Mind from the Author: Alwyn Scott. 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.

Wishful Thinking And Other Philosophical Reflections

Author: Nicholas Rescher
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110321726
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Wishful Thinking And Other Philosophical Reflections from the Author: Nicholas Rescher. During 2007-2008 Nicholas Rescher continued his longstanding practice of writing occasional studies on philosophical topics, both for formal presentation and for informal discussion with colleagues. While his forays of this kind have usually been issued in journal publications, this has not been so in the present case so that the studies offered here encompass substantially new material. Notwithstanding their thematic variation, these exemplify a problem-oriented method in the treatment of philosophical issues that is characteristic of Rescher's philosophical modus operandi and inherent in its endeavors to treat classical issues from novel points of view. For Rescher usually more concerned with what should be said about a philosophical question than with what X, Y, and Z have said about it, and he inclined to address issues of the latter sort primarily as a means for addressing the former.

Idea Of Consciousness

Author: Max R. Bennett
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9789057022029
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Idea Of Consciousness from the Author: Max R. Bennett. The Idea of Consciousness examines the problem of how the working of synaptic connections might give rise to consciousness, and describes the current neuroscientific concepts and techniques used to identify and explore those parts of the brain that may be involved. This book will serve as an invaluable and stimulating introduction to the subject. Beautifully illustrated, it is a must for anyone who is curious about consciousness.

The Oxford Handbook Of Free Will

Author: Robert Kane
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195133363
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The Oxford Handbook Of Free Will from the Author: Robert Kane. This is a comprehensive reference work that provides an exhaustive guide to scholarship on the perennial problem of free will.

How Free Will Works

Author: Steven M. Duncan
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630875473
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How Free Will Works from the Author: Steven M. Duncan. In How Free Will Works, Steven M. Duncan provides not merely discussions of, but potential answers to two of the most vexed questions discussed by philosophers concerning free choice. First, supposing that the mind and the body are separate substances of opposed natures, how is it possible for them to interact such that an entirely non-physical immanent mental act can give rise to changes in the external world? Second, supposing that there is free will, how is it possible for our acts of volition/free choice to be neither causally determined nor merely chance/random events? This book spells out a new way of envisaging the mind/body relation and the nature of mind/body causal interaction that avoids the traditional "interaction problem." It also explains how it is possible for free choice neither to require an efficient cause nor to act as an efficient cause while nevertheless affecting the processes in the physical world through which intentional action is realized in human behavior. In the second half of the book, the theory developed in the first part of the book is applied to the difficult issues arising from the Christian doctrine of salvation: sin, grace, and redemption.