ISBN : 9780198794738
Consciousness, 'the last great mystery for science', remains a hot topic. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion?
Exciting new developments in brain science are continuing the debates on these issues, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers. This controversial book clarifies the potentially confusing arguments, and the major theories, whilst also outlining the amazing pace of discoveries in neuroscience. Covering areas such as the construction of self in the brain, mechanisms of attention, the neural correlates of consciousness, and the physiology of altered states of consciousness, Susan Blackmore highlights our latest findings.
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
"Fascinating." - Jonathan Cowie, Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation