Consciousness
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
Subliminal
How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
Paperback      ISBN: 0307472256
An examination of the ways in which the unconscious mind shapes everyday life traces recent scientific advances to reveal the pivotal role of the subliminal mind in influencing experiences and relationships. By the author of The Drunkard's Walk. 100,000 first printing.
Theatre of the Mind: Raising the Cutain on Consciousness
Theatre of the Mind
Raising the Cutain on Consciousness
Paperback      ISBN: 0062026682
A captivating look at consciousness, exploring the most recent and controversial research on the brain. If the brain is the theatre, consciousness is the play. But who or what controls what we watch and how we watch it? In Theatre of the Mind, Jay Ingram, whose past scientific investigations include the properties of honey on toast and the complexities of the barmaid’s brain, tackles one of the most controversial of subjects: consciousness. Scientists have long tried to map our brains and understand how it is that we think and are self-aware, but what do we really know? Any discussion of the brain raises more questions than answers, and Ingram illuminates some of the most perplexing ones: What happens in our minds when we’re driving and we suddenly realize that we don’t remember the last few miles of highway? How do we remember images, sounds, and aromas from our past so vividly, and why do we often recreate them so differently in our dreams? Ingram’s latest book is a mind-bending experience, a cerebral, stylish ride through the history, philosophy, and science of the brain and the search for the discovery of the self.
Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc.
Things That Bother Me
Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc.
Paperback      ISBN: 1681372207
An original collection of lauded philosopher Galen Strawson's writings on the self and consciousness, naturalism and pan-psychism. Galen Strawson might be described as the Montaigne of modern philosophers, endlessly curious, enormously erudite, unafraid of strange, difficult, and provocative propositions, and able to describe them clearly—in other words, he is a true essayist. Strawson also shares with Montaigne a particular fascination with the elastic and elusive nature of the self and of consciousness. Of the essays collected here, “A Fallacy of Our Age” (an inspiration for Vendela Vida’s novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name) takes issue with the commencement-address cliché that life is a story. Strawson questions whether it is desirable or even meaningful to think about life that way. “The Sense of the Self” offers an alternative account, in part personal, of how a distinct sense of self is not at all incompatible with a sense of the self as discontinuous, leading Strawson to a position that he sees as in some ways Buddhist. “Real Naturalism” argues that a fully naturalist account of consciousness supports a belief in the immanence of consciousness in nature as a whole (also known as panpsychism), while in the final essay Strawson offers a vivid account of coming of age in the 1960s. Drawing on literature and life as much as on philosophy, this is a book that prompts both argument and wonder.
Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: The 2011/2012 Prophecies and Nine Dimensions of Consciousness
Alchemy of Nine Dimensions
The 2011/2012 Prophecies and Nine Dimensions of Consciousness
Paperback      ISBN: 1571746269
This revised and expanded edition of Barbara and Gerry Clow's classic 2004 text. This sequel to the bestselling underground classic The Pleiadian Agenda, outlines their theory of the nine dimensions of human consciousness and how those nine dimensions have become essential to our evolutionary survival. Incorporating the research and insight of the Swedish biologist Carl Calleman, the Clows demonstrate how recent scientific discoveries validate their theories. The existence of the nine dimensions of human consciousness can be proved by science. The most controversial aspect of this book is their exploration of the Mayan prophecies. Counter to much of the prevailing opinion, the fulfillment of the prophecies will not result in the Apocalypse, but will usher a new and expanded era of human consciousness. They also assert that the beginning of this new era begins not on December 21, 2012—but on October 28,2011—making the time of the great shift in consciousness just around the corner. Provocative and informative, the Clows have provided an explanation and roadmap for the future. It will be embraced by all who are interested in the evolution of human consciousness.
Along the Path to Enlightenment: 365 Daily Reflections
Along the Path to Enlightenment
365 Daily Reflections
Paperback      ISBN: 1401931138
What blocks spiritual progress? And how do we transcend these blocks? The spiritual teachings of David R. Hawkins on the nature of consciousness, spirit, and ego are known worldwide by students seeking to realize spiritual Truth. As a mystic, Dr. Hawkins has infused the truths found in the precepts of Western religion with the core of Eastern philosophy, bridging the familiar, physical world to the nonlinear, spiritual domain. This collection of passages, carefully selected from Dr. Hawkins’s extensive writings, offers readers a new contemplation for each day. Any one of these passages, fully understood, can elevate one’s level of consciousness.
Altered States of Consciousness: Experiences Out of Time and Self
Altered States of Consciousness
Experiences Out of Time and Self
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0262038315
What altered states of consciousness
The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience
The Ancient Origins of Consciousness
How the Brain Created Experience
Hardcover      ISBN: 0262034336
How is consciousness created? When did it first appear on Earth, and how did it evolve? What constitutes consciousness, and which animals can be said to be sentient? In this book, Todd Feinberg and Jon Mallatt draw on recent scientific findings to answer these questions -- and to tackle the most fundamental question about the nature of consciousness: how does the material brain create subjective experience? After assembling a list of the biological and neurobiological features that seem responsible for consciousness, and considering the fossil record of evolution, Feinberg and Mallatt argue that consciousness appeared much earlier in evolutionary history than is commonly assumed. About 520 to 560 million years ago, they explain, the great "Cambrian explosion" of animal diversity produced the first complex brains, which were accompanied by the first appearance of consciousness; simple reflexive behaviors evolved into a unified inner world of subjective experiences. From this they deduce that all vertebrates are and have always been conscious -- not just humans and other mammals, but also every fish, reptile, amphibian, and bird. Considering invertebrates, they find that arthropods (including insects and probably crustaceans) and cephalopods (including the octopus) meet many of the criteria for consciousness. The obvious and conventional wisdom--shattering implication is that consciousness evolved simultaneously but independently in the first vertebrates and possibly arthropods more than half a billion years ago. Combining evolutionary, neurobiological, and philosophical approaches allows Feinberg and Mallatt to offer an original solution to the "hard problem" of consciousness.

The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience
The Ancient Origins of Consciousness
How the Brain Created Experience
Paperback      ISBN: 0262534606
How is consciousness created? When did it first appear on Earth, and how did it evolve? What constitutes consciousness, and which animals can be said to be sentient? In this book, Todd Feinberg and Jon Mallatt draw on recent scientific findings to answer these questions -- and to tackle the most fundamental question about the nature of consciousness: how does the material brain create subjective experience? After assembling a list of the biological and neurobiological features that seem responsible for consciousness, and considering the fossil record of evolution, Feinberg and Mallatt argue that consciousness appeared much earlier in evolutionary history than is commonly assumed. About 520 to 560 million years ago, they explain, the great "Cambrian explosion" of animal diversity produced the first complex brains, which were accompanied by the first appearance of consciousness; simple reflexive behaviors evolved into a unified inner world of subjective experiences. From this they deduce that all vertebrates are and have always been conscious -- not just humans and other mammals, but also every fish, reptile, amphibian, and bird. Considering invertebrates, they find that arthropods (including insects and probably crustaceans) and cephalopods (including the octopus) meet many of the criteria for consciousness. The obvious and conventional wisdom--shattering implication is that consciousness evolved simultaneously but independently in the first vertebrates and possibly arthropods more than half a billion years ago. Combining evolutionary, neurobiological, and philosophical approaches allows Feinberg and Mallatt to offer an original solution to the "hard problem" of consciousness.
The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul
The Astonishing Hypothesis
The Scientific Search for the Soul
Paperback      ISBN: 0684801582
Traditionally, the human soul is regarded as a nonphysical concept that can only be examined by psychiatrists and theologists. In his new book, The Astonishing Hypothesis, Nobel Laureate Francis Crick boldly straddles the line between science and spirituality by examining the soul from the standpoint of a modern scientist, basing the soul's existence and function on an in-depth examination of how the human brain "sees."
Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine
Beyond AI
Creating the Conscience of the Machine
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591025117
Prefacing his volume with "An Open Letter to the Intelligent Machines of the Future," it is clear where Hall (a research fellow for the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing) thinks the field of artificial intelligence is going. In addition to providing an optimistic prediction of the field's directions and some musings on the philosophical and ethical implications of such a development, he also offers a general audience an explanation of the broad scientific contours of artificial intelligence's historical development. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)