Conversations on Consciousness by Susan Blackmore

Conversations on Consciousness

bySusan Blackmore

Kobo ebook | November 10, 2005

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Blackmore explores the big questions on the nature of brains, minds, and consciousness, through twenty lively and engaging interviews with some of the best-known personalities from the worlds of science and philosophy. - ;A delightful collection of interviews with 20 famous names in the study of consciousness. Sue Blackmore, herself a writer on consciousness, engages in conversation with each of these very different personalities, drawing out their views on the nature of the mind, on how what goes on in the network of neurons in the brain produces our vivid experiences, and whether we have free will. The collection includes interviews with such well-known names as Daniel Dennett, John Searle, David Chalmers, Francis Crick (the last interview he gave), V. Ramachandran, Roger Penrose, Richard Gregory, and Susan Greenfield. The interviews are conducted in an informal but focused style, bringing out the personality of each interviewee, and giving the reader a very accessible and readable introduction to their ideas, and to the central scientific and philosophical challenges involved in understanding the nature of mind and consciousness. - ;A great read for someone studying, or itnerested in the study of consciousness. - BBC Mindgames;Blackmore herself comes across as spunky and clever, and the probing follow-up questions she occasionally asks prevent the interviews from seeming too repetitive and boring. - Nature;"the book provides a very efficient overview of contemporary strands of thinking about its subject." - Steven Poole, The Guardian

Title:Conversations on ConsciousnessFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Oxford University Press, UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0191604860

ISBN - 13:9780191604867

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Susan Blackmore has transcribed (in itself a massive feat!) interviews with all the major players in the science of consciousness. The interviews deal with definitions of consciousness, whether we have free will, whether machines might someday be conscious, the zombie problem (whether beings that appear to be conscious but aren't really might exist), and so. Consciousness studies is a fascinating area, first because it's so multidisciplinary, and, second, because the questions are so fundamental, and this wonderful shows the range of opinions and interpretations currently taken seriously by neuroscientists and philosophers. This is a terrific read, and the Kobo edition has nice layout and design.
Date published: 2014-01-30