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The Unity of Mind, Brain and World: Current Perspectives on a Science of Consciousness

The Unity of Mind, Brain and World: Current Perspectives on a Science of Consciousness

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Cambridge University Press, 2013-09-12
EAN 9781107026292, ISBN10: 1107026296

Hardcover, 368 pages, 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm

Issues concerning the unity of minds, bodies and the world have often recurred in the history of philosophy and, more recently, in scientific models. Taking into account both the philosophical and scientific knowledge about consciousness, this book presents and discusses some theoretical guiding ideas for the science of consciousness. The authors argue that, within this interdisciplinary context, a consensus appears to be emerging assuming that the conscious mind and the functioning brain are two aspects of a complex system that interacts with the world. How can this concept of reality - one that includes the existence of consciousness - be approached both philosophically and scientifically? The Unity of Mind, Brain and World is the result of a three-year online discussion between the authors who present a diversity of perspectives, tending towards a theoretical synthesis, aimed to contribute to the insertion of this field of knowledge in the academic curriculum.

Advance praise: 'The academic study of consciousness bubbles nowadays with fascinating findings and ideas; this book offers cutting edge accounts of some of the best of these. Covering topics ranging from brain microstates associated with cognition to conceptual frameworks needed to make sense of the whole field, it merits a place in every university library.' Chris Nunn, Associate Editor, Journal of Consciousness Studies