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Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Susan Blackmore

September 2017

ISBN: 9780198794738

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Some of our most burning questions surround consciousness: What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Is consciousness itself an illusion? The rapid rate of developments in brain science continues to open up debate on these issues. This book clarifies the complex arguments and illuminates the major theories on consciousness.

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Some of our most burning questions surround consciousness: What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Is consciousness itself an illusion? The rapid rate of developments in brain science continues to open up debate on these issues. This book clarifies the complex arguments and illuminates the major theories on consciousness.

  • A lively and authoritative introduction to the hot topic of consciousness
  • A much-needed launch pad for the further exploration of this complicated, controversial, and unresolved issue
  • Challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul
  • Combines the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience on the subject of consciousness
  • Considers new research in key areas such as the physiology of altered states of consciousness, and the construction of self in the brain
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Susan Blackmore, Visiting Professor in Psychology, University of Plymouth

Susan Blackmore is a psychologist, writer, and Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. Her research ranges through out-of-body experiences and claims of the paranormal to minds, memes, and the mysteries of consciousness and free will. She is a TED lecturer, blogs for the Guardian and Psychology Today, and frequently appears on radio and TV. Her books include The Meme Machine (OUP, 1999), Conversations on Consciousness (OUP, 2005), Zen and the Art of Consciousness (Oneworld Publications, 2011) and Seeing Myself: The New Science of Out-of-body Experiences (Little Brown, 2017).

Table of Contents

    1:Why the mystery?
    2:The human brain
    3:Time and space
    4:A grand illusion
    5:The self
    6:Conscious will
    7:Altered states of consciousness
    8:The evolution of consciousness
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Fascinating." - Jonathan Cowie, Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation

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