Conversations on Consciousness

Conversations on Consciousness

What the Best Minds Think About the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human

Paperback - 2006
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In Conversations on Consciousness, Susan Blackmore interviews some of the great minds of our time, a who's who of eminent thinkers, all of whom have devoted much of their lives to understanding the concept of consciousness. The interviewees, ranging from major philosophers to renownedscientists, talk candidly with Blackmore about some of the key philosophical issues confronting us in a series of conversations that are revealing, insightful, and stimulating. They ruminate on the nature of consciousness (is it something apart from the brain?) and discuss if it is even possible tounderstand the human mind. Some of these thinkers say no, but most believe that we will pierce the mystery surrounding consciousness, and that neuroscience will provide the key. Blackmore goes beyond the issue of consciousness to ask other intriguing questions: Is there free will? (A question whichyields many conflicted replies, with most saying yes and no.) If not, how does this effect the way you live your life; and more broadly, how has your work changed the way you live? Paired with an introduction and extensive glossary that provide helpful background information, these provocative conversations illuminate how some of the greatest minds tackle some of the most difficult questions about human nature.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780195179590
0195179595
Branch Call Number: 126
Characteristics: 274 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

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Very interesting book, and a great way to get a broad overview of different ways of thinking about consciousness. There's not a lot of depth here due to the nature of the book, but there's a great deal of breadth. It's interesting to read about so many brilliant people who think in such wildly different ways about what lies at the base of all of human experience.

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