Life, Brain and Consciousness: New Perceptions through Targeted Systems Analysis
The relation between mind and brain can never be understood by science until the nature of consciousness and self-consciousness is clearly perceived as specific system-properties. In this volume the author tackles this problem in a rigorous analysis which begins with the general dynamics of living systems and leads the reader step-by-step towards firm conclusions about the physical processes of consciousness and the main categories of mental events. Finally the author moves from the cognitive to the affective, and proceeds to interpret a number of uniquely human sensibilities in the light of the general biological perspective he has established.
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act-outcome expectancies action activities adaptive analysis animal areas behaviour biological brain brain's global brain's internal model brain's internal representations called categorizing reactions causal determinant causal relationships Chapter cognitive cognitive dissonance cognitive psychology Conditional Expectancy Hypothesis conflict consciousness context cortex cortical defined definition described directive correlation dyadic relation elicited entities episodic memory events or situations evolution example experience eyes fact faculty form internal representations given global world model goal Hence human imagination kind learning lesions logical mechanisms memory recall mental events mental images mind moral motor movement nature neural correlates neurons notion objective terms occur ordered pairs organism orienting reactions parietal lobes particular perceived perception physical processes propositional form proprioceptive question representations of category saccade second-order self-awareness Section self-in-the-world sense sensory inputs sequence shape specific split-brain stimulus structure suggest superior colliculus target teleological concepts tend thalamus theory variables visual perception what-leads-to-what
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