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Consciousness A Very Short Introduction The last great mystery for science consciousness has become a controversial topic Consciousness A Very Short Introduction challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality free will

  • Title: Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Susan Blackmore
  • ISBN: 9780192805850
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction By Susan Blackmore, The last great mystery for science, consciousness has become a controversial topic Consciousness A Very Short Introduction challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul How can a physical brain create our experience of the world What creates our identity Do we really have free will Could consciousness itself be an illusi The last great mystery for science, consciousness has become a controversial topic Consciousness A Very Short Introduction challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul How can a physical brain create our experience of the world What creates our identity Do we really have free will Could consciousness itself be an illusion Exciting new developments in brain science are opening up these debates, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers This book clarifies the potentially confusing arguments and clearly describes the major theories, with illustrations and lively cartoons to help explain the experiments Topics include vision and attention, theories of self, experiments on action and awareness, altered states of consciousness, and the effects of brain damage and drugs This lively, engaging, and authoritative book provides a clear overview of the subject that combines the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience and serves as a much needed launch pad for further exploration of this complicated and unsolved issue.About the Series Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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    1. The Self is illusion so says the Buddha and Susan Black agrees, albeit with scientific evidence as backup The Hard ProblemWe are sure that there is a world outside, filled with inanimate and live things However, we can experience this world only through our senses the colours, the smells and the feels They are all we have, to form our idea about our environment However, they are dependent upon the experiences of our brain, therefore by nature subjective and when we come to abstract concepts lik [...]

    2. Consciousness A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions 121 , Susan J BlackHow can a physical brain create our experience of the world What creates our identity Do we really have free will Could consciousness itself be an illusion 2009 1387 196 9789648637595 1388 1393 21 .

    3. Found this a fascinating book insofar as some of the ideas suggested in it were things I had never thought of See for example the sections Theories of consciousness p 43 , The nature of illusion p 50 , The timing of conscious acts p 86 , Memes p 127 and The future of consciousness p 128 She mentions Daniel Dennett frequently, citing in particular his Consciousness Explained 1991 and seems to agree which many of his ideas.By the way, see this review review show for a much ambitious and useful ov [...]

    4. This is a very clear, well written exposition on a difficult subject, but it is by no means a neutral review of the field as one might expect from a very short introduction Instead, Susan Black promotes her own thesis, sympathetic to the work of Daniel Dennett, in which a single inner self with subjective experience, holding opinions and acting on decisions is a useful fiction or benign illusion created by the brain Our ordinary intuition that there is a center to conscious experience is a usefu [...]

    5. The Book and MeThe book deals with a very hard problem, which Black puts forward in the very first line of the very first chapter What is consciousness A question you might have ruminated in past, in some way, at some point in time, but then you let it go in favor of attending to worldly obligations My version goes like this Seventh grade, Biology classMe and my friend were giving a re read to our favorite chapter when these words fell upon my ears.Teacher a cell is the smallest unit of life mil [...]

    6. Three stars for giving me a lot to think about, but, as many other reviews have noted, this book falls pretty far from an Introduction to the idea of consciousness, and is instead a brief presentation of the evidence for a very particular theory which takes hard materialism as a given and treats consciousness as an illusion My distaste for how much the author s specific position was taken for granted instead of presented as one view among many was reinforced at the very end when she tacked on Da [...]

    7. The book is a decent book to stimulate your curiosity into the consciousness subject It questions than it answers The author does well in introducing the different ideas and school of thoughts in this subject Many concepts are intriguing If you want definite answers, then this book will not serve your purpose.

    8. Yes, I am stuck on these wonderful very short introduction VSI books from Oxford University This one is the perfect follow up to the one on free will that I recently reviewed.While the free will book is about logic how do we think about our consciousness and how can we eliminate false ideas about it through reasoning, this book is all about science and the physical brain The actual parts of the brain are only mentioned a few times but many studies of brain function and the theories of a few mode [...]

    9. In Consciousness A Very Short Introduction , Susan Black gives the reader just that a very short introduction to a highly complicated interdisciplinary topic Considering the sheer impossibility of doing that in a fully satisfying way, Black did quite a good job at it.The book starts of with the basic dichotomy between dualists and monists mainly materialists these days and explains why none of these sides have a convincing argument to offer for why their side is true and the other is false the p [...]

    10. This book starts off very promisingly It asks all the interesting questions and presents loads of interesting research and studies on the topics However, the final chapter is so utterly disappointing that I can t give this book than three stars Black presents her own solution to the problem of consciousness, but in such an unsatisfying way that all the questions she herself presented in the beginning remain unanswered If our talk of consciousness and subconsciousness are nothing but delusions, [...]

    11. I debated between giving this book two or three stars On the plus side, it is well written, an easy read, and it has a clear and concise description of a lot of what has been done and the state of the art in understanding consciousness In the end, I went with two stars because I felt this book is fundamentally dishonest, a fatal flaw in an introduction My problem with this book is that rather than being a review, what the title promises, it considers other theories of consciousness only to dismi [...]

    12. Brilliant introduction to a concept I don t understand at all The best way to think about consciousness is like trying to see when a fridge s light turns off It always appears to be on, so in a certain way we always appear to be conscious and we cannot ever not be conscious The existence of marijuana refutes this idea however

    13. Bought online Font too small Couldn t even bring myself to struggle to read the first page Just one glance and it was ejected from my consciousness like a rocket O

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