Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 251.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 09:23:25 +0100
From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi
Subject: Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness
> Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness
> edited by Bernard J. Baars and James B. Newman
> Consciousness is at the very core of the human condition. Yet only in
> recent decades has it become a major focus in the brain and behavioral
> sciences. Scientists now know that consciousness involves many levels of
> brain functioning, from brainstem to cortex. The almost seventy articles in
> this book reflect the breadth and depth of this burgeoning field. The many
> topics covered include consciousness in vision and inner speech, immediate
> memory and attention, waking, dreaming, coma, the effects of brain damage,
> fringe consciousness, hypnosis, and dissociation.
> Underlying all the selections are the questions, What difference does
> consciousness make? What are its properties? What role does it play in the
> nervous system? How do conscious brain functions differ from unconscious
> ones? The focus of the book is on scientific evidence and theory. The
> editors have also chosen introductory articles by leading scientists to
> allow a wide variety of new readers to gain insight into the field.
> Bernard J. Baars is Institute Faculty Professor at the Wright Institute,
> Berkeley, California. The late James B. Newman was a member of the
> Department of Psychology of the Colorado Neurological Institute.
> 7 x 9, 1037 pp.
> 253 illus.
> paper 0-262-52302-7
> cloth 0-262-02496-9
> A Bradford Book
> Jud Wolfskill
> Associate Publicist
> MIT Press
> 5 Cambridge Center, 4th Floor
> Cambridge, MA 02142
> 617.253.1709 fax
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