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Exploring Consciousness

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Rita Carter ponders the nature, origins, and purpose of consciousness in this fascinating inquiry into the toughest problem facing modern science and philosophy. Building on the foundation of her bestselling book Mapping the Mind, she considers whether consciousness is merely an illusion, a by-product of our brain's workings, some as yet inexplicable feature or property of ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by University of California Press (first published 2002)
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Xandri Fiori
Having read at most 4 right-brain friendly books on physics, I considered myself a truly learned physicist, being able to wield "length contraction" and "Schrodinger's cat" in my parent's solely philosophy/psychology/religion based conversations. Not to worry, cracking open only a few AP Physics review books --the dreaded future awaiting me senior year-- my unfounded ego died a slow and painful death.
Continuing to browse these armchair physics books, I finally conceded the point to my good ol' f
Jul 06, 2007 Xiphias rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Carter does an excellent job of describing the complexity of the scientific study of consciousness, and she manages to do so in a way that is accessible and entertaining. The vast majority of the book is dedicated to trying to pin down what, exactly, consciousness really is. Some time is given to various pet theories, including some of the more fringe ideas, but the vast bulk of the book is really objective. Nice pictures, too!
Michael Kenning
An introduction to the tackling of the hard problem from a neurological (and entirely scientific) perspective. Truly the primarily rational take on the mind and its many wonders. The book leaves the reader with more questions than answers, but certainly opens up a horizon of thought to be had.
If you learn through visuals, rather than text, this is the book for you. It's an introduction to the neuroscientific understanding (and questions about) consciousness.
Fun intro to analytical philosphy and cognitive neuroscience lots of pictures!
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