Bewusst oder unbewusst?

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John Wiley & Sons, 2007 - Consciousness - 149 pages
What is consciousness? This is the main question asked by the author, Prof Schuster, a specialist in complex adaptive systems and evolution models. From a natural scientific viewpoint he seeks answers to such questions as: How does this process work? How is our consciousness functionally organized as an evolutionary control process? And what is the difference between us and animals?
Based on the hypothesis that human consciousness mainly has large evolutionary benefits in social behavior, this book investigates in a fascinating way the anatomical fundamentals, the development of conscious thought in the course of evolution, the creation of the self-image, empathy and language. Further, the possible dangers of artificial consciousness are discussed, a threat posed, for example, by even more intelligent computers.
 

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Contents

Einleitung
3
Grundkonzepte
17
Grundlegende Experimente zum Bewusstsein
29
Entstehung des Selbstbildes
49
Metaebenenbildung
61
Bewusst oder Unbewusst? Heinz Georg Schuster
73
Sprache
93
Freier Wille und Bereitschaftspotential
107
Zusammenfassung und Ausblick
119
1o Antworten auf einige häufig gestellte Fragen
127
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Heinz Georg Schuster is Professor for Theoretical Physics at Kiel University. His research fields are nonlinear dynamics, as well as complex adaptive systems and evolution models, investigating artificial neuronal networks. Both their theoretical properties as well as biological modeling are the focus of interest. Professor Schuster has published successful textbooks on chaos theory and neuronal networks.

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