Consciousness: An Introduction

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2003 - Brain - 459 pages
Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself just an illusion? The 'last great mystery of science', consciousness is a topic that was banned from serious research for most of the last century, but is now an area of increasing popular interest, as well as a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy and neuroscience. This ground-breaking new book by best-selling author Susan Blackmore is the first of its kind to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies, from those based on neuroscience to those based on quantum theory or Eastern philosophy.



The book examines topics such as how subjective experiences arise from objective brain processes, the basic neuroscience of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, out of body and near death experiences and the effects of drugs, dreams and meditation. It also explores the nature of self, the possibility of artificial consciousness in robots, and the question of whether animals are conscious.



For all those intrigued by popular science, and what it means to exist, this book could radically transform each reader's understanding of their own consciousness.

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About the author (2003)

Susan Blackmore is a full time writer, lecturer and broadcaster, whose previous books include the controversial bestseller The Meme Machine (OUP, 1999)

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