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The Secrets of Consciousness

The Secrets of Consciousness [Kindle Edition]

Scientific American Editors

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Consciousness is an enigmatic beast. It’s more than mere awareness – it’s how we experience the world, how our subjective experience relates to the objective universe around us. And therein lies the rub, in that tiny little word “how.” These kinds of questions were once the province of philosophy, religion or perhaps fantasy, but within the last few decades, neuroscientists have added a scientific voice to the discussion, using available medical technology to explore just what separates so-called “mind” from brain. How do the neural and chemical workings of our brains create our minds, our total experience of the world, our thoughts and feelings, and that sense of self that distinguishes the individual from everyone else? In this eBook, The Secrets of Consciousness, we look at what science has to say about one of humankind’s most fundamental, existential mysteries. We begin at the beginning, as they say, with Section 1 on the very nature of consciousness and move on to discuss theories of neural development. In one article, author David Chalmers calls this the “hard problem,” requiring an entirely new theory that places consciousness itself as a fundamental component akin to the forces of physics. In another, leading neuroscientists Christof Koch and Susan Greenfield debate exactly how the neurons and circuits in the brain create conscious awareness. Later sections go deeper into the rabbit hole and examine what we can learn from altered states such as hypnosis or anesthesia as well as the use of formerly blacklisted hallucinogens such as LSD as healing drugs. Gary Stix discusses one study on the possible therapeutic effects of LSD on the intense anxiety experienced by patients with life-threatening disease, such as cancer. Finally, Section 6 explores “The Enigma of Spirituality.” David Biello takes on the search in his article, “God in the Brain,” highlighting studies searching for specific neurological centers of spirituality. It’s been said before, but the brain is the final frontier. Just how that brain creates not only awareness, but also integrates that awareness into creating experiences, memories, and an enduring sense of self—well, it might take overhauling not only how we study ourselves, but how we define our reality in the process of looking.



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2.0 von 5 Sternen Hi-tech phrenology 27. Dezember 2013
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If you are interested in the current state of human brain biology, brain pharmacology and cranial exploration with a high technology approach to eighteenth century phrenology, then this collection of articles may be of interest to you. I found the majority of it somewhat boring, derivative, and redundant. It would seem that modern science, in its unwavering adherence to the avoidance of anything that even touches upon a philosophical notion, finds itself unable to give any sort of definition to what is really meant by the term "consciousness". Unfortunately, that cannot be done and you cannot really look for something unless you can define what it is you are looking for. And so, the reader is left with little more than some established facts about neural electromagnetic activity, neuro-chemistry, and associations of certain activities and aptitudes with certain vaguely-mapped regions of the brain. However, as far as "the secrets of consciousness" are concerned, I assure the reader that those secrets are still very "secret" and this admirable compilation of brain science does very little toward exposing them or even shedding much insight into how to define them.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining but superficial 3. März 2014
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While reading this compilation may without doubt be an entertaining experience, it's more alike shallow water diving on the Red Sea, with very few attempts to submerge deeper to the really perplexing problems of consciousness, the only notable exception being the article by David Chalmers, who presents a concise distillation of his dualistic framework.

Probably this is just what could be expected of a collection of articles published in a popular magazine, but some might be confused by the pretentious title. The truth is, though, there are no secrets in here, just peculiarities.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent read 18. Januar 2014
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This book contains a series of articles that appeared in print and online on Scientific American website, primarily between 2012 to present. Most of the articles are written by specialists in the field, including some by leading researchers and Nobel Prize winners. Overall the book makes for excellent reading and makes cutting edge research intelligible to the ordinary man. Reasonably priced and definitely well worth a read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting look at a mystery of the mind 3. Juli 2014
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Fascinating book that covers the biological, psychological and philosophical aspects of consciousness. It's made up of articles written by various scientists, so it is not at all monotonous to read for a scientific book. The first two chapters are a bit difficult but hang on, the reading gets more fluent after that. The book sums up the secrets of consciousness, but doesn't reveal them of coarse, as they have yet to be discovered.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Secrets of Consciousness 31. Januar 2014
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I downloaded this issue of Scientific American to my Paper White Kindle. It made fascinating reading ... so much so that I'll probably want to look at it again. I've done a lot of studying and background reading about this subject so I don't know how it would be for the general reader.
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