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Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think About the Brain, Free Will, And What It Means to Be Human
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date January 8, 2007
Pages 274
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195179590
ISBN-10 0195179595
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.48 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In Conversations on Consciousness, Susan Blackmore interviews some of the great minds of our time, a who's who of eminent thinkers, all of whom have devoted much of their lives to understanding the concept of consciousness. The interviewees, ranging from major philosophers to renowned scientists, talk candidly with Blackmore about some of the key philosophical issues confronting us in a series of conversations that are revealing, insightful, and stimulating. They ruminate on the nature of consciousness (is it something apart from the brain?) and discuss if it is even possible to understand the human mind. Some of these thinkers say no, but most believe that we will pierce the mystery surrounding consciousness, and that neuroscience will provide the key. Blackmore goes beyond the issue of consciousness to ask other intriguing questions: Is there free will? (A question which yields many conflicted replies, with most saying yes and no.) If not, how does this effect the way you live your life; and more broadly, how has your work changed the way you live?
Paired with an introduction and extensive glossary that provide helpful background information, these provocative conversations illuminate how some of the greatest minds tackle some of the most difficult questions about human nature.


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from Oxford Univ Pr (November 18, 2005)
9780195179583 | details & prices | 274 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $23.00
About: "Human brains are just the most complicated thing that's yet evolved, and we're trying to understand them using our brains," notes philosopher Daniel Dennett.
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from Oxford Univ Pr (January 8, 2007)
9780195179590 | details & prices | 274 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.48 lbs | List price $16.95
About: In Conversations on Consciousness, Susan Blackmore interviews some of the great minds of our time, a who's who of eminent thinkers, all of whom have devoted much of their lives to understanding the concept of consciousness.

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