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Rose: Consciousness

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The Emerging Mind
You can listen here to Ramachandran's Reith lectures, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. They provide a clear introduction to many of the issues in mind-body studies and in clinical neuropsychology.

This electronic journal covers many of the issues, particularly of a philosophical nature, and reviews many of the books published in this field.

Chapter 1: Philosophical approaches

One of the largest collections of links to general resources in philosophy.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
An online sourcebook for general philosophical matters and terminology.

Chaper 2: The history of the mind-body problem

The Mind-Body Problem
Listen to a discussion first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In just 45 minutes it summarizes many of the issues covered in this chapter.

David Chalmers' site
The most comprehensive set of links to the philosophy of mind, its literature and ideas.

Chapter 3: The philosophy of neuroscience

There is a good article by Bickle and Mandik on the reductive point of view in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

Some relevant materials can also be found on the websites of the philosophers Bill Bechtel mechanism.ucsd.edu/~bill/index.htm and Carl Craver artsci.wustl.edu/~pnp/people/craver/ and the neuroscientist Rafael Yuste (which includes some nice interactive graphics on cortical microcircuitry) www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/faculty/yuste

An interesting introduction to the brain as a multi-level phenomenon is given at:
For each topic, the material is arranged not just by difficulty but also by 'level of organization': social, psychological, neurological, cellular and molecular.

Chapter 4: Recent advances in functionalism I. Homuncular functionalism

Neuropsychology Central
A large collection of resources on the effects of localised brain damage in humans.

General systems theory
A brief introduction (with links) to progress in systems thinking over the past 50 years.

Complex systems
An introductory website illustrating the complexity and emergence of biological, mechanical and social system properties.

Chapter 5: Recent advances in functionalism II. Teleological functionalism

Charles Darwin
The original writings of Charles Darwin can be consulted at this website.

Evolutionary philosophy
A new site with links to many relevant online papers on the applications of evolutionary theory.

Chapter 6: Representation and the physical basis of mental content

Donald Hebb
An introduction to the concepts of his theory

A large set of links to research materials on the complex internal connectivity of the brain.

Chapter 7: Conscious and unconscious representation

A comprehensive list of tutorial and reference sites on which you can find the anatomical locations of many of the structures mentioned in section 7.2.

Science and Consciousness Review
Several articles on global workspace theory and other ideas can be found in this excellent online journal, edited by Baars and colleagues.

40 Hz theory
Andreas Engel's page on the theory of neural synchrony.

Chapter 8: Brain dynamics, attention and movement

Change blindness
A site with many links to demonstrations of change detection and blindness (Side-box 8.5).

The Santa Fe Institute
One of the world's leading centres for research on dynamic systems and complexity.

Chapter 9: Memory and perception

Illustrations of top-down knowledge in perception can be found in the many collections of visual illusions on the web. One of the most comprehensive and well-explained is at IllusionWorks:

A growing collection of several thousand visual illustrations, effects and resources.

Project Lite
Another new interactive site full of dynamic phenomena in vision.

Chapter 10: The where and when of visual experience

The neuronal basis of consciousness
Watch videos of Christof Koch's entire lecture series, which is particularly strong on the neural bases of visual awareness.

Colour phi phenomenon
A version of the display described by Dennett in his attack on the Cartesian Theatre. You can alter some of the parameters of the illusion on this site (but note that at fast rates it is obvious the changes are not synchronised with the frame refresh cycle of your computer monitor; also you can't vary the luminance or spatial parameters).