Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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A very thought-provoking book. The Guardian

The last great mystery for science, consciousness has become a controversial topic. Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction challenges readers 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

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10 Responses to “Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)”

  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lucid, Educational, and Fascinating
    This book is a fantastic overview of what we call consciousness, the many ways it’s been looked at in the past, studied in the present, and how we can challenge our assumptions…

  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding Intro to Consciousness
    Susan Blackmore has written an outstanding introductory reference in Consciousness, A Short Introduction.

  3. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    ok
    ‘An international team of researchers has created the first complete high-resolution map of how millions of neural fibers in the human cerebral cortex — the outer layer of the…

  4. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s not there
    Susan Blackmore concludes that consciousness isn’t there–or at least it’s not there in any traditional way.

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect introduction to a profound and complex subject
    The relationship between mind and body, and the tremendous difficulty of explaining that relationship, have been central themes in modern philosophy since Descartes’ famous…

  6. 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Consciousness as Subject, not Object
    As a psychologist, Susan Blackmore seems very well informed about highly complex cerebral functions which she discusses in the context of a self or central consciousness.

  7. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Understanding consciousness: A brief review
    What is consciousness? How do a set of electrical responses of millions of brain cells produce private, subjective conscious experience?

  8. 1.0 out of 5 stars
    Mud
    I cannot believe Oxford University Press published this book. Susan Blackmore has produced a very bad cookbook or travel book for consciousness that offers very little – and…

  9. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    A very short introduction
    An interesting read. Starts well and covers many aspects of consciousness. However I was not really able to bring the threads together.

  10. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent overview!
    Susan did it again. I already liked her style, and although it is difficult to write for lay people on her subject, it succeeded from the first to the last page.

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