In the Theater of Consciousness: The Workspace of the Mind

Paperback | October 15, 2001

byBernard J. Baars

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Written by eminent psychologist Bernard J. Baars, this book brings us to the frontlines of the consciousness debate, offering the general reader a fascinating overview of how top scientists currently understand the processes underlying conscious experience. The study of conscious experiencehas seen remarkable strides in the last ten years, reflecting important technological breakthroughs and the enormous efforts of researchers in disciplines as varied as neuroscience, cognitive science, and philosophy. Scientists are just now beginning to find common ground in their understanding ofconsciousness, which may pave the way for a unified explanation of how and why we experience and understand the world around us. This book offers an invaluable introduction to the field, brilliantly weaving together the various theories that have emerged as scientists continue their quest touncover the profound mysteries of the mind--and of human nature itself.

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Written by eminent psychologist Bernard J. Baars, this book brings us to the frontlines of the consciousness debate, offering the general reader a fascinating overview of how top scientists currently understand the processes underlying conscious experience. The study of conscious experiencehas seen remarkable strides in the last ten ye...

Bernard J. Baars is at the Wright Institute, in Berkeley, California. He is co-editor of the journal Consciousness and Cognition and author of A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness, of which Daniel C. Dennett wrote, "For those who want to join the race to model consciousness, this is the starting line."

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195147030

ISBN - 13:9780195147032

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The MetaphorPart I. Carving Nature at the Joints1. Treating Consciousness as a VariablePart II. A Unified Image2. The Theater Stage Has Limited Capacity but Creates Vast Access3. Onstage: Sensations, Images, and Ideas4. The Spotlight: Attention, Absorption, and the Construction of RealityPart III. Using the Theater5. Behind the Scenes: the Contexts that Shape Our Experience6. Volition: Conscious Control of Action7. The Director: Self as the Unifying Context of ConsciousnessPart IV. Concluding Thoughts8. What Is It Good For? The Functions of Consciousness9. Epilogue: A Tiny Bit of PhilosophyAppendix: Make your Own Theory: A Summary of the EvidenceSelected ReferencesIndex

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"Baars (theoretical neurobiology, The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego) brings general readers to the frontlines of research into the nature of consciousness. This is a paperbound reprint of a 1997 work."--SciTech Book News