Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Počet stran: 201

How does the firing of neurons give rise to subjective sensations, thoughts, and emotions? How can the disparate domains of mind and body be reconciled? The quest for a scientifically based understanding of consciousness has attracted study and speculation across the ages. In this direct and non-technical discussion of consciousness, Dr. Gerald M. Edelman draws on a lifetime of scientific inquiry into the workings of the brain to formulate answers to the mind-body questions that intrigue every thinking person.

Concise and understandable, the book explains pertinent findings of modern neuroscience and describes how consciousness arises in complex brains. Edelman explores the relation of consciousness to causation, to evolution, to the development of the self, and to the origins of feelings, learning, and memory. His analysis of the brain activities underlying consciousness is based on recent remarkable advances in biochemistry, immunology, medical imaging, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology, yet the implications of his book extend farther—beyond the worlds of science and medicine into virtually every area of human inquiry.

 

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The Mind of Man Completing Darwins Program
1
Consciousness The Remembered Present
4
Elements of the Brain
14
Neural Darwinism A Global Brain Theory
32
The Mechanisms of Consciousness
48
Wider Than the Sky Qualia Unity and Complexity
60
Consciousness and Causation The Phenomenal Transform
76
The Conscious and the Nonconscious Automaticity and Attention
87
HigherOrder Consciousness and Representation
97
Theory and the Properties of Consciousness
113
Identity The Self Mortality and Value
131
Mind and Body Some Consequences
140
Glossary
149
Bibliographic Note
181
Index
187
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O autorovi (2004)

Gerald M. Edelman, M.D., is director of the Neurosciences Institute and president of Neurosciences Research Foundation. He is also professor and chair of the Department of the Neurobiology at the Scripps Research Institute. For his studies on the structure and diversity of antibodies he received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

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