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By Robert L. Kuhn

ISBN-10: 0071359966

ISBN-13: 9780071359962

The main state-of-the-art rules of this present day are being generated from the clinical group. Now greater than ever, scientists are achieving out to the final viewers, looking cars during which they could converse their progressive rules. Harnessing the highbrow strength of greater than 50 of our so much influential and distinct scientists, students and thinkers, this e-book demanding situations present trust and standard knowledge, to hunt "truth" anyplace it can be came across. this is often the 1st in a sequence of annual better half books. starting in th early spring of 2000, this tv sequence offers 28 30 minutes episodes in 5 different types: mind and brain, wellbeing and fitness and intercourse; creativity and considering, know-how and society, and universe and that means. The e-book may be organised based on episode, with 28 chapters making as much as five sections. In each one episode, moderator Robert Lawrence Kuhn enables and synthesises a full of life round-table dialogue of modern-day so much profound concerns. awarded the following in transcript, every one bankruptcy is going additional than the tv exhibit, with statement by means of Kuhn, and extra discussion and "out-takes" now not on hand on television. With bios putting every one contributor into the "big photograph" context, this paintings is a veritable who is Who of our most famed students and the place they stand at the "knowledge" concerns which are most crucial this day. every year, as a brand new season of the tv sequence airs, we'll current a brand new quantity of "Closer Truth", the spouse publication, development a complete library. those books, just like the television sequence, will entertain, enlighten and encourage whereas revealing the mysteries of brain, topic, and the which means of all of it.

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And they’re really out of date. ” Now, one of the things I think we do know about the world is that consciousness exists. It’s a real phenomenon in a real world, and it’s a biological phenomenon caused by processes in the brain. Maybe consciousness is caused by some new kind of brain systems; we don’t know that yet. But certainly consciousness is caused in the brain. By the way, Jim, I was amazed that you were seeming to deny consciousness to animals. Let’s get serious here; there isn’t any doubt that my dog Ludwig is conscious.

So consciousness is in fact an illusion—an artificial, artifactual, deceptive illusion generated by . . (and here follows whatever your favorite theory is). Nowadays the favorite theory is “by computer programs in our brains,” and these programs, we’re told, is all that consciousness ever was. How about that? Was that honest enough? holograms. Remember the hologram period of brain theory, where all parts of the brain stored all the same memories? Recently, the metaphors have grown more intricate, with parallel computing, and now even quantum physics and complexity theory.

Don’t these facts undermine arguments for the dualistic nature of consciousness? M A R I LY N : We make certain assumptions, and right now—at this point in human history, in this culture—we have a materialist worldview and a physicalist, reductionist approach to existence, whereby all explanations are reduced to fundamental physical properties. Therefore the questions that scientists commonly ask today about the nature of consciousness derive from this materialist worldview. They ask physical kinds of questions.

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