The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach

Roberts & Co - Consciousness is one of science’s last great unsolved mysteries. How can the salty taste and crunchy texture of potato chips, the unmistakable smell of dogs after they have been in the rain, or the exhilarating feeling of hanging on tiny fingerholds many feet above the last secure foothold on a cliff, emerge from networks of neurons and their associated synaptic and molecular processes? In The Quest for Consciousness, Caltech neuroscientist Christof Koch explores the biological basis of the subjective mind in animals and people.

. At the heart of their framework is a sustained, empirical approach to discovering and characterizing the neuronal correlates of consciousness – the NCC – the subtle, flickering patterns of brain activity that underlie each and every conscious experience. Used book in Good Condition. He outlines a framework that he and Francis Crick of the "double helix" have constructed to come to grips with the ancient mind-body problem.





Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist The MIT Press

The MIT Press - Present at this paradigm shift were koch and a handful of colleagues, David Chalmers, Stanislas Dehaene, including Ned Block, Giulio Tononi, Wolf Singer, and others. All of them are signposts in the pursuit of his life's work―to uncover the roots of consciousness. In which a scientist searches for an empirical explanation for phenomenal experience, spurred by his instinctual belief that life is meaningful.

What links conscious experience of pain, color, joy, and smell to bioelectrical activity in the brain? How can anything physical give rise to nonphysical, subjective, conscious states? Christof Koch has devoted much of his career to bridging the seemingly unbridgeable gap between the physics of the brain and phenomenal experience.

Koch gives us stories from the front lines of modern research into the neurobiology of consciousness as well as his own reflections on a variety of topics, including the distinction between attention and awareness, how neurons respond to Homer Simpson, Der Ring des Nibelungen, the loss of his belief in a personal God, the physics and biology of free will, sentient machines, dogs, the unconscious, and sadness.

Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist The MIT Press - Koch recounts not only the birth of the modern science of consciousness but also the subterranean motivation for his quest―his instinctual if "romantic" belief that life is meaningful. Koch describes his own groundbreaking work with Francis Crick in the 1990s and 2000s and the gradual emergence of consciousness once considered a "fringy" subject as a legitimate topic for scientific investigation.

Aiding and abetting it were new techniques to listen in on the activity of individual nerve cells, clinical studies, and brain-imaging technologies that allowed safe and noninvasive study of the human brain in action. Mit.





Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

Penguin Books - Winner of the 2014 brain prize from the acclaimed author of reading in the brain, a breathtaking look at the new science that can track consciousness deep in the brainHow does our brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking this mystery than ever before.

In this lively book, testing, stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. Penguin Books. The emerging theory enables a test of consciousness in animals, babies, and those with severe brain injuries.

Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts - A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, Consciousness and the Brain will excite anyone interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness. Mit. We can now pin down the neurons that fire when a person reports becoming aware of a piece of information and understand the crucial role unconscious computations play in how we make decisions.





Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul

Pantheon - This title is printed in full color throughout. From one of the most original and influential neuroscientists at work today, here is an exploration of consciousness unlike any other—as told by Galileo, who opened the way for the objectivity of science and is now intent on making subjective experience a part of science as well.

Galileo’s journey has three parts, each with a different guide. Mit. Penguin Books. This beautiful and arresting narrative will transform the way we think of ourselves and the world. In the second part, when his companion seems to be named alturi galileo is hard of hearing; his companion’s name is actually Alan Turing, he sees how the facts assembled in the first part can be unified and understood through a scientific theory—a theory that links consciousness to the notion of integrated information also known as phi.

Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul - In the first, he learns why certain parts of the brain are important and not others, accompanied by a scientist who resembles Francis Crick, and why consciousness fades with sleep. In the third part, he meditates on how consciousness is an evolving, accompanied by a bearded man who can only be Charles Darwin, developing, ever-deepening awareness of ourselves in history and culture—that it is everything we have and everything we are.

Not since gödel, escher, bach has there been a book that interweaves science, art, and the imagination with such originality. Pantheon Books.





Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul

Scribner - Penguin Books. Traditionally, the human soul is regarded as a nonphysical concept that can only be examined by psychiatrists and theologists. In his new book, the astonishing hypothesis, nobel laureate Francis Crick boldly straddles the line between science and spirituality by examining the soul from the standpoint of a modern scientist, basing the soul's existence and function on an in-depth examination of how the human brain "sees.

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A Universe Of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination

Basic Books - Mit. He and the neurobiolgist giulio tononi show how they use ingenious technology to detect the most minute brain currents and to identify the specific brain waves that correlate with particular conscious experiences. In a universe of consciousness, gerald edelman builds on the radical ideas he introduced in his monumental trilogy-Neural Darwinism, Topobiology, and The Remembered Present-to present for the first time an empirically supported full-scale theory of consciousness.

. The results of this pioneering work challenge the conventional wisdom about consciousness. Penguin Books. Pantheon Books.





Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist MIT Press

The MIT Press - Penguin Books. In which a scientist searches for an empirical explanation for phenomenal experience, spurred by his instinctual belief that life is meaningful. What links conscious experience of pain, joy, subjective, color, and smell to bioelectrical activity in the brain? How can anything physical give rise to nonphysical, conscious states? Christof Koch has devoted much of his career to bridging the seemingly unbridgeable gap between the physics of the brain and phenomenal experience.

. Present at this paradigm shift were koch and a handful of colleagues, including Ned Block, Wolf Singer, David Chalmers, Stanislas Dehaene, Giulio Tononi, and others. Pantheon Books. This engaging book―part scientific overview, part memoir, part futurist speculation―describes Koch's search for an empirical explanation for consciousness.

All of them are signposts in the pursuit of his life's work―to uncover the roots of consciousness. Mit. Koch recounts not only the birth of the modern science of consciousness but also the subterranean motivation for his quest―his instinctual if "romantic" belief that life is meaningful. Koch describes his own groundbreaking work with Francis Crick in the 1990s and 2000s and the gradual emergence of consciousness once considered a "fringy" subject as a legitimate topic for scientific investigation.

Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist MIT Press - Aiding and abetting it were new techniques to listen in on the activity of individual nerve cells, clinical studies, and brain-imaging technologies that allowed safe and noninvasive study of the human brain in action. Koch gives us stories from the front lines of modern research into the neurobiology of consciousness as well as his own reflections on a variety of topics, sentient machines, including the distinction between attention and awareness, the physics and biology of free will, the loss of his belief in a personal God, dogs, the unconscious, how neurons respond to Homer Simpson, Der Ring des Nibelungen, and sadness.





Consciousness Explained

Back Bay Books - Brilliant. As audacious as its title. Mr. Mit. Dennett's exposition is nothing short of brilliant. George johnson, new york times Book Review Consciousness Explained is a a full-scale exploration of human consciousness. Our current theories about conscious life-of people, animal, even robots--are transformed by the new perspectives found in this book.

Pantheon Books. Back Bay Books. Penguin Books. In this landmark book, based on a wealth of information from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, commonsense theory of consciousness and presents a new model, Daniel Dennett refutes the traditional, and artificial intelligence.





The New Science of Consciousness: Exploring the Complexity of Brain, Mind, and Self

Prometheus Books - What causes autism, and alzheimer's disease? How does our unconscious influence our actions? As the author shows, schizophrenia, these important questions can be viewed in a new light when neuroscientists and complexity scientists work together. This book explains in layperson's terms a new approach to studying consciousness based on a partnership between neuroscientists and complexity scientists.

. Prometheus Books. The new science goes well beyond traditional cognitive science and simple neural networks, which are often the focus in artificial intelligence research. Mit. It involves many fields including neuroscience, artificial intelligence, physics, cognitive science, and psychiatry. Do minds emerge from brains? or is something more involved? Using human social networks as a metaphor, the author explains how brain behavior can be compared with the collective behavior of large-scale global systems.

The New Science of Consciousness: Exploring the Complexity of Brain, Mind, and Self - Emergent global systems that interact and form relationships with lower levels of organization and the surrounding environment provide useful models for complex brain functions. By blending lucid explanations with illuminating analogies, this book offers the general reader a window into the latest exciting developments in brain research.

Back Bay Books. Pantheon Books. This cross-disciplinary approach also offers fresh insights into the major unsolved challenge of our age: the origin of self-awareness.





Consciousness Demystified The MIT Press

The MIT Press - Prometheus Books. Although subjective experience is unique in nature, they argue, it is not necessarily mysterious. Finally, bridging the previously unbridgeable, they show how subjective experience, although different from objective observation, can be naturally explained. Pantheon Books. They map the evolutionary development of consciousness and find an uninterrupted progression over time, without inserting any mysterious forces or exotic physics.

How can the seemingly immaterial experience of consciousness be explained by the material neurons of the brain? There seems to be an unbridgeable gap between understanding the brain as an objectively observed biological organ and accounting for the subjective experiences that come from the brain and life processes.

. Mit. Penguin Books. They investigate common neural features among the diverse groups of animals that have primary consciousness―the type of consciousness that experiences both sensations received from the world and affects such as emotions. Demystifying consciousness: how subjective experience can be explained by natural brain and evolutionary processes.

Consciousness Demystified The MIT Press - Consciousness is often considered a mystery. We need not invoke the unknown or unknowable to explain its creation. Feinberg and mallatt flesh out their theory of neurobiological naturalism after John Searle's biological naturalism that recognizes the many features that brains share with other living things, lists the neural features unique to conscious brains, and explains the subjective–objective barrier naturally.





Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain

Penguin Books - Prometheus Books. Back Bay Books. Pantheon Books. This attitude began to change with the publication of Descartes’ Error in 1995. Antonio damasio—"one of the world’s leading neurologists" The New York Times—challenged traditional ideas about the connection between emotions and rationality. Even modern neuroscience has tended, to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, until recently, disregarding emotions.

Since descartes famously proclaimed, "I think, therefore I am, " science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. In this wondrously engaging book, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, Damasio takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, they are essential to rational thinking and to normal social behavior.

Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain - Penguin Books. Mit.