An ideal starting point for those interested in learning more about human consciousness, accomplished British author Susan Blackmore provides a cohesive, astutely written primer that addresses the neurological, psychological, and philosophical issues surrounding the increasingly popular and sometimes unclassifiable area of study, including, but not limited to, explorations of free will, self-awareness, obscure medical conditions, and drug-induced hallucinations.
Tamara Marston’s pleasant, energetic tone elevates Blackmore’s already accessible prose, making for an illuminating and informative listen.
"The last great mystery for science," consciousness has become a controversial topic.
Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction challenges listeners to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul. 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 opening up these debates, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers.
This audiobook clarifies the potentially confusing arguments and clearly describes the major theories. Topics include vision and attention, theories of self, experiments on action and awareness, altered states of consciousness, and the effects of brain damage and drugs.
This lively, engaging, and authoritative audiobook provides a clear overview of the subject that combines the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience - and serves as a much-needed launch pad for further exploration of this complicated and unsolved issue.
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This is a clearly written book that deals with complicated issues in a vivid and easy-to-understand way. It is also very clearly read. A pleasure to listen to.
The book approaches consciousness from a strictly orthodox reductive materialist viewpoint, simply writing off with little real engagement the many points of view of this subject that do not fit that orthodoxy. All other points of view of "the hard problem" etc. get tagged with the epithet, "magic."
In the end, consciousness, mind, the will, the human self, and all continuity of experience or identity are attributed to delusion -- the strictly mindless brain tricking us into thinking that we exist. Since Susan Blackmore seems to be denying her own existence, one is left wondering, who wrote the extended and rather complex argument of this book?
The audio book makes references to illustrations in the printed book. However, PDF with illustrations is missing. Unacceptable. There must be a warning about this before placing an order.
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