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An Introduction

Susan Blackmore, Emily T. Troscianko

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Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness?

Or is consciousness itself an illusion?

Am I conscious now?

Now considered the 'last great mystery of science', consciousness was once viewed with extreme scepticism and rejected by mainstream scientists. It is now a significant area of research, albeit a contentious one, as well as a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience.

This edition of Consciousness, revised by author team Susan Blackmore and Emily Troscianko, explores the key theories and evidence in consciousness studies ranging from neuroscience and psychology to quantum theories and philosophy. It examines why the term 'consciousness' has no recognised definition and provides an opportunity to delve into personal intuitions about the self, mind, and consciousness.

Featuring comprehensive coverage of all core topics in the field, this edition includes:

  • Why the problem of consciousness is so hard
  • Neuroscience and the neural correlates of consciousness
  • Why we might be mistaken about our own minds
  • The apparent difference between conscious and unconscious
  • Theories of attention, free will, and self and other
  • The evolution of consciousness in animals and machines
  • Altered states from meditation to drugs and dreaming

Complete with key concept boxes, profiles of well-known thinkers, and questions and activities suitable for both independent study and group work, Consciousness provides a complete introduction to this fascinating field. Additional resources are available on the accompanying companion website:

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4E cognition (embodied, embedded, extended, enactive) 26, 311; see also embodied, cognition; enactive cognition
Aaronson, Scott 48, 140141
abdominal breathing 179
Abhidharma 494
‘aboutness’ 23
absorption 212, 349, 355, 392, 422
AC see artificial consciousness
ACC see anterior cingulate cortex
access consciousness 34, 43, 88, 136, 168, 172173, 477; see also phenomenal consciousness
acetylcholine 348
acid trip see LSD
A-consciousness see access consciousness
action: conscious vs. unconscious 194197
adaptation 196, 254255, 258, 287, 296, 343
Adaptation and Natural Selection 255
addiction 184, 354, 361
Adolphs, Ralph 87, 100
Advaita 493
afterimages 62, 393
afterlife hypothesis 428, 437
agency 218245; attribution of 238, 379; brain location of 429; independent 387; invisible 121; v reception 294; and self 453, 457; sense of 29, 184, 189, 220, 237, 242, 420
aggression 242, 277, 279, 400
Aglioti, Salvatore 204
agnosia 169, 203, 208
AI see artificial intelligence
AIM model 348, 349, 402, 405
Albahari, Miri 455
alcohol 21, 150, 344355, 357, 393
Aleksander, Igor 308, 329, 330, 331, 503
algorithm 46, 121, 213, 222, 296; computational 306307, 324, 331, 384385; evolutionary 213, 251, 298, 310, 324; Google search 222
alien 237, 274, 379, 413, 450; abduction 382, 396, 414...

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