Agency And Consciousness in Discourse
Self-Other Dynamics As a Complex System
Paperback ISBN: 0826492525
This is a paperbound reprint of a 2004 book. Continuing the discussion he began in his 2004 Brain, Mind, and the Signifying Boyd, Thibault (linguistics and media communication, Agder U. College, Norway) explores how agency and consciousness are created and enacted in and through transactions between self and other. Such transactions are the central notion in the development of an adequate explanation of both agency and consciousness, he argues, and it is necessary to reconnect body-brain processes and interactions to the social and discursive practices that directly act upon and affect our body-brain systems in meaning-making activity. A central theme is how new emergent levels of organization come into existence between already existing scalar levels at the same time that existing levels are reorganized by the emergence of the new levels. Annotation
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
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.
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.
Are You a Machine?
The Brain, the Mind, And What It Means to Be Human
Paperback ISBN: 1591024838
Can conscious machines be created, and if so, what does that imply for being human? Extending a paper written in high school, Sternberg (neuroscience and philosophy major, Brandeis U.) offers an accessible introduction to the philosophical issues surrounding such questions. Through interesting thought experiments and examples, he defends his negative position. Photos include a cute furry robot, and a chess champion being defeated by IBM's Deep Blue computer. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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."
The Astonishing Hypothesis
The Scientific Search for the Soul
Hardcover ISBN: 0684194317
The Nobel Prize-winning physicist who discovered the molecular structure of DNA examines what makes humans sentient beings, offering an analysis and description of how the brain sees.
Attitudes, Chaos and the Connectionist Mind
Paperback ISBN: 0631191313
This book presents a broad-ranging and fascinating examination of attitudes: how we form them; how we organize them towards others; and whether they are inherently human or could also be developed by computers. Professor Eiser suggests there are fundamental objections to the idea of a computer having a sense of self or a set of attitutdes.
The Biology of Belief
Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles
Paperback ISBN: 140195247x
Uses simple language, illustrations, humor and examples to describe the biochemical effects from thoughts and the precise molecular pathways through which this occurs.