Toward a Science of Consciousness: The First Tucson Discussions and Debates, Volume 1
Stuart R. Hameroff, Alfred W. Kaszniak, Alwyn Scott
MIT Press, 1996 - Psychology - 790 pages
Scientists and philosophers are focusing more intensely than ever on the nature of our human experience, resulting in a newly coalescing field of Consciousness Studies that has become a worldwide and highly interdisciplinary phenomenon.
Toward a Science of Consciousness marks the first major gathering -- a landmark event -- devoted entirely to unlocking the mysteries of consciousness. It explores the whole spectrum of approaches from philosophy of mind and dream research, to neuropsychology, pharmacology, and molecular dynamics, to neural networks, phenomenological accounts, and even the physics of reality. The aim is to lay a sound scientific foundation for future research while also reaching consensus on many scattered areas of inquiry.
Following an overview, fifty-five chapters are divided into ten sections: philosophy, cognitive science, medicine/pathology, neurology, neural networks, subneural biology, quantum theory, non-locality in space and time, hierarchical organization, and phenomenology.
In addition to the editors, who are, respectively, an anesthesiologist, a psychologist, and an applied mathematician, contributors include such luminaries as David Chalmers, Michael Conrad, Avshalom Elitzur, Owen Flanagan, David Galin, John Kihlstrom, Christof Koch, Benjamin Libet, Roger Penrose, Karl Pribram, Gary Schwartz, Petra Stoerig, John Taylor, Andrew Weil, Fred Wolf, and many others.
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The Binding Problem and Neurobiological Oscillations
The Spandrels of Sleep
Efference and the Extension of Consciousness
Microtubular SelfOrganization and Information
Computer Simulation of Anesthetic Binding in Protein
Consciousness and BoseEinstein Condensates
Orchestrated Reduction of Quantum Coherence in Brain
Nonlocal Space and Time
A New Computational Paradigm
Conflicting Communicative Behavior in a SplitBrain
Evidence for Language Comprehension in a Severe
Visual Perception and Phenomenal Consciousness
Implicit Memory During Anesthesia
Experimental Evidence for a Synchronization of Sensory
Positron Emission Tomography Emotion and Consciousness
Dimensional Complexity of Human EEG and Level
Collapse of a Quantum Field May Affect Brain Function
Neural Time Factors in Conscious and Unconscious
Artificial Attention in an Oscillatory Neural Network
Categorization Far From
Psi and Consciousness
A Framework for HigherOrder Cognition and Consciousness
Bioenergetic Foundations of Consciousness
What Can Music Tell Us About the Nature of the Mind?
The Possibility of Empirical Test of Hypotheses