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Explaining Consciousness: The Hard Problem

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At the 1994 landmark conference "Toward a Scientific Basis for Consciousness," philosopher David Chalmers distinguished between the "easy" problems and the "hard" problem of consciousness research. According to Chalmers, the easy problems are to explain cognitive functions such as discrimination, integration, and the control of behavior; the hard problem is to explain why ...more
Paperback, 1st edition Bradford Books, 430 pages
Published January 22nd 1999 by Bradford Book (first published June 13th 1997)
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Feb 09, 2015 Blaine rated it really liked it
This book is an attempt to understand what David Chalmers dubbed "the hard problem" of consciousness, the problem of explaining experience, *what it is like* to see red, taste chocolate, hear a Beethoven sonata, or smack your thumb with a hammer.

The majority of the views in this volume take traditional views of consciousness not informed by contemporary embodied mind and dynamical system biology and not informed by non-western approaches to consciousness such as the rich traditions of India, ma
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Sep 15, 2016 Alessandro Veneri rated it liked it
Could a 1997 papers' collection still say something meaningful about the present consciousness studies state of art? Maybe not. Neuroscientific research grew quite fast in the last decade. But on a philosophical level, the issue seems to have changed quite a little, and this book is very useful to get a general picture of what it is referred to as 'the hard problem of consciousness'. Since many authors here question that physical sciences would ever be able to give any definitive answer to such ...more
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