Consciousness

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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Boxes -- Prefaces -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Section One The problem -- 1 What's the problem? -- 2 What is it like to be ...? -- 3 The grand illusion -- Section Two The brain -- 4 Neuroscience and the correlates of consciousness -- 5 The theatre of the mind -- 6 The unity of consciousness -- Section Three Body and world -- 7 Attention -- 8 Conscious and unconscious -- 9 Agency and free will -- Section Four Evolution -- 10 Evolution and animal minds -- 11 The function of consciousness -- 12 The evolution of machines -- Section Five Borderlands -- 13 Altered states of consciousness -- 14 Reality and imagination -- 15 Dreaming and beyond -- Section Six Self and other -- 16 Egos, bundles, and theories of self -- 17 The view from within? -- 18 Waking up -- References -- Index

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Susan Blackmore is a psychologist, freelance writer, and lecturer. Previously Reader in Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, she left in 2000 to write an undergraduate textbook on consciousness. The author of numerous scientific articles and book contributions, she writes for several magazines and newspapers and is a frequent contributor on radio and television, both in the UK and abroad. She has presented several television programs including a Channel 4 documentary on the intelligence of apes. She has been training in Zen for twenty years. Her books include an autobiography, In Search of the Light (1996), The Meme Machine (1999), Consciousness: An Introduction (2003), and Conversations about Consciousness (forthcoming in 2005).

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