Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Mar 24, 2005 - Psychology - 160 pages
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Consciousness, 'the last great mystery for science', has now become a hot topic. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion? Exciting new developments in brain science are opening up debates on these issues, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers. This controversial book clarifies the potentially confusing arguments, and the major theories using illustrations, lively cartoons, and experiments.Topics include vision and attention, theories of self and will, experiments on action and awareness, altered states of consciousness, and the effects of brain damage and drugs. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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A nice, concise, introduction to a very deep issue. - LibraryThing
As self-described, this is a "very short introduction". - Goodreads
Not fit for Introduction Books. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Daniel Wright - Goodreads

One would have hoped, in a book billed as a general introduction to the subject, to find a balanced account of the various debates and points of view. Unfortunately, we instead get the uncompromising ... Read full review

Review: Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #121)

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

This was a nice overview of the current state of thinking in consciousness studies. Read full review

About the author (2005)


Susan Blackmore is a psychologist, freelance writer, and lecturer. Previously Reader in Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, she left in 2000 to write an undergraduate textbook on consciousness. The author of numerous scientific articles and book contributions, she writes for several magazines and newspapers and is a frequent contributor on radio and television, both in the UK and abroad. She has presented several television programs including a Channel 4 documentary on the intelligence of apes. She has been training in Zen for twenty years. Her books include an autobiography, In Search of the Light (1996), The Meme Machine (1999), Consciousness: An Introduction (2003), and Conversations about Consciousness (forthcoming in 2005).

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