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1. Why the mystery?

1. Why the mystery?  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0001
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What is consciousness? What does it do? Could we have evolved without it? ‘Why the mystery?’ considers the definition of consciousness and how psychologists, neuroscientists, and ... More
2. The human brain

2. The human brain  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0002
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‘The human brain’ considers the brain as a vast network of connections from which come our extraordinary abilities: perception, learning, memory, reasoning, language, and somehow or ... More
4. A grand illusion

4. A grand illusion  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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Is consciousness an illusion? If so, it isn’t that consciousness doesn’t exist, but that it isn’t what it seems. ‘A grand illusion’ considers change and inattentional blindness, challenging ... More
5. The self

5. The self  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Who—or what—am I? ‘The self’ shows that this question is intimately bound up with the problem of consciousness because whenever there are conscious experiences it is easy to assume they ... More
Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Susan Blackmore

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Sep 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.001.0001
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Consciousness is ‘the last great mystery for science’. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could ... More
7. Altered states of consciousness

7. Altered states of consciousness  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0007
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‘Altered states of consciousness’ discusses the states of consciousness during sleep, dreaming, hallucinations, out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, meditation, and after taking ... More
3. Time and space

3. Time and space  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0003
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‘Time and space’ discusses a range of experiments and theories of consciousness including neuroscientist Benjamin Libet’s ‘half second lag’ and the ‘cutaneous rabbit’ illusion, dualism, ... More
6. Conscious will

6. Conscious will  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0006
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Do we have free will? ‘Conscious will’ considers this question and shows that the issue raises strong feelings because freedom implies responsibility. Part of the problem lies with ... More
8. The evolution of consciousness

8. The evolution of consciousness  

Susan Blackmore

in Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0008
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9780198794738
‘The evolution of consciousness’ begins with two questions. First, which living creatures are conscious and in what way? Secondly, when and how did consciousness evolve? Consciousness could ... More

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