The Physical Nature of Consciousness

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Philip R. Van Loocke
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2001 - Psychology - 319 pages
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The Physical Nature of Consciousness contains twelve chapters that discuss recent and new perspectives on the relation between modern physics and consciousness.
Stuart Hameroff opens with an extended and updated exposition of the Penrose/Hameroff Orch-OR model, and subsequently addresses recent criticisms of quantum approaches to the brain. Evan Walker presents his view on consciousness from the perspective of a new approach to the integration of quantum theory and relativity. Friedrich Beck elaborates on the Beck/Eccles quantum approach to consciousness. Karl Pribram puts the holographic view on consciousness in perspective of his life long work. Peter Marcer and Edgar Mitchell explain the relevance of quantum holography for consciousness. Gordon Globus discusses the relation between postmodern philosophical theories and quantum consciousness. Chris Clarke develops a theory in terms of a specific type of formal logic to reconcile the phenomenology of consciousness with the physical world. Ilya Prigogine summarizes his view on complexity, and on the future of quantum theory, which goes beyond the present formalism, and goes on to comment on the problem of consciousness. Matti Pitkanen identifies the place for consciousness in a unifying topological geometro-dynamics theory. Colin McGinn argues against classical materialism. Dick Bierman gives an overview of anomalous phenomena. He identifies a decline effect, and discusses different possible interpretations. Philip Van Loocke closes the volume with a discussion on how deep teleology in cellular systems may relate to consciousness. (Series A)
  

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Contents

The Natural Philosophy and Physics of Consciousness
63
Quantum Brain Dynamics and Consciousness
83
Neuropsychological Investigations
117
An essay on the relativistic quantum holo
145
Thinking together quantum brain dynamics and postmodernism
175
Consciousness and nonhierarchical physics
191
Time and the Laws of Nature
219
What is it not Like to be a Brain?
257
Another reality between
269
The philosophy of consciousness deep teleology and objective
293
Name index
313
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