Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

The last great mystery for science, consciousness has become a controversial topic Consciousness A Very Short Introduction challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul 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 illusi The last great mystery for science, consciousness has become a controversial topic Consciousness A Very Short Introduction challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul 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 these debates, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers This book clarifies the potentially confusing arguments and clearly describes the major theories, with illustrations and lively cartoons to help explain the experiments Topics include vision and attention, theories of self, experiments on action and awareness, altered states of consciousness, and the effects of brain damage and drugs This lively, engaging, and authoritative book provides a clear overview of the subject that combines the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience and serves as a much needed launch pad for further exploration of this complicated and unsolved issue.About the Series Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
Consciousness A Very Short Introduction The last great mystery for science consciousness has become a controversial topic Consciousness A Very Short Introduction challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality free will

  • Title: Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Susan Blackmore
  • ISBN: 9780192805850
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. تعرف ايه عن الوعى يا مرسى.ولا يا بهجت هو احنا عندنا حاجه فى المنهج اسمها وعى؟قد تعتقد عندما تقرأ العنوان انك تعرف كل شىء و لكن مع تقليبك لصفحات الكتاب و تقلبك فيما فيه و مدى تقبلك لأفكاره من عدمه ستكتشف انك لا تعرف معنى الوعى اصلا.هل هو الذات ام الإدراك أم مستوى الذكاء و الإنتب [...]

    2. The Self is illusion – so says the Buddha; and Susan Blackmore agrees, albeit with more scientific evidence as backup.***The Hard ProblemWe are sure that there is a world outside, filled with inanimate and live things. However, we can experience this world only through our senses: the colours, the smells and the feels. They are all we have, to form our idea about our environment. However, they are dependent upon the experiences of our brain, therefore by nature subjective - and when we come to [...]

    3. Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #121), Susan J. BlackmoreHow 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?تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دهم ماه مارس سال 2009 میلادیعنوان: آگاهی؛ نویسنده: سوزان جی. بلکمور؛ مترجم: رضا رضایی؛ تهران، فرهنگ معاصر، 1387؛ در 196 ص؛ ش [...]

    4. Found this a fascinating book insofar as some of the ideas suggested in it were things I had never thought of. See for example the sections Theories of consciousness (p. 43), The nature of illusion (p. 50), The timing of conscious acts (p. 86), Memes (p. 127) and The future of consciousness (p. 128) She mentions Daniel Dennett frequently, citing in particular his Consciousness Explained (1991) and seems to agree which many of his ideas.By the way, see this review/review/show for a much more ambi [...]

    5. This is a very clear, well-written exposition on a difficult subject, but it is by no means a neutral review of the field as one might expect from a 'very short introduction'. Instead, Susan Blackmore promotes her own thesis, sympathetic to the work of Daniel Dennett, in which a single inner self with subjective experience, holding opinions and acting on decisions is a useful fiction or benign illusion created by the brain. Our ordinary intuition that there is a center to conscious experience is [...]

    6. The Book and MeThe book deals with a very hard problem, which Blackmore puts forward in the very first line of the very first chapter: What is consciousness? A question you might have ruminated in past, in some way, at some point in time, but then you let it go in favor of attending to worldly obligations. My version goes like this:Seventh grade, Biology classMe and my friend were giving a re-read to our favorite chapter ;-) when these words fell upon my ears.Teacher : a cell is the smallest uni [...]

    7. Three stars for giving me a lot to think about, but, as many other reviews have noted, this book falls pretty far from an "Introduction" to the idea of consciousness, and is instead a brief presentation of the evidence for a very particular theory which takes hard materialism as a given and treats consciousness as an illusion. My distaste for how much the author's specific position was taken for granted instead of presented as one view among many was reinforced at the very end when she tacked on [...]

    8. قراءة هذا الكتاب أتى في وقته ضمن قراءة جماعية (لم تكن جداً ثرية كما كان مفترضاً) فالوعي موضوع يأتي ضمن عدة مواضيع فلسفية أخرى كالإرادة الحرة وماهية الوجود ونظرية المعرفة واضح إن الكتاب للمبتدئين في موضوع الوعيأعطي نجمة للكتاب لتناوله الجيد لموضوع مهم جداً وأعطي نجمة أخرى لل [...]

    9. أنا أملك جسدي عيناي و قدماي و رأسي و يداي و دماغي و أمعائي أيضا و لكن من أنا لا شىء مما سبق يمكن أن أدعوه أنا هكذا هو الوعي لا يوجد بالفعل ما يمثله و لا حتي مكان ما فى المخ دخلت الكتاب بحثا عن معني للوعي فخرجت منه أفتش عن الأنا

    10. The book is a decent book to stimulate your curiosity into the “consciousness” subject. It questions more than it answers. The author does well in introducing the different ideas and school of thoughts in this subject. Many concepts are intriguing. If you want definite answers, then this book will not serve your purpose.

    11. لم أستطيع إكمال الكتاب وجدت في صعوبة في فهمي له، كما إنني أشعر بأن الموضوع مزعج ولا يحتاج لهذا الشرح الفلسفي.لمست فيه المزج بين الطب والفلسفةالظريف إنه مقدمة وقصيرة جداً لا أعلم كيف يستطيع البقية قراءة هذ النوع من الكتب "الظريفة"

    12. Yes, I am stuck on these wonderful "very short introduction" (VSI) books from Oxford University. This one is the perfect follow-up to the one on free will that I recently reviewed.While the free will book is about logic; how do we think about our consciousness and how can we eliminate false ideas about it through reasoning, this book is all about science and the physical brain. The actual parts of the brain are only mentioned a few times but many studies of brain function and the theories of a f [...]

    13. أفهم المقدمة أن تكون مدخل مبسط للمادة، إن كان فهمي صحيحاً فهذا الكتاب ليس مقدمةمجموعة من النظريات العلمية والفلسفية مع عدد كبير من التجارب تحاول الاجابة عن اسئلة من قبيل ما هو الوعي؟ هل يمكن الإحساس بهِ؟ هل هو مرتبط بجهازنا العصبي؟ هل الإنسان هو الكائن الواعي الوحيد؟والنتي [...]

    14. أنت لاتعرف أنك محظوظلأنك قردالوعي لعنة فظيعة.كريغ شوارتز يتحدث إلى قردهالكتاب يناقش الوعي بشكل موضوعي حيادي , ذكرت الكاتبة رأي الفلسفة و الأديان, علماء الأعصاب , والطب نفسي كتخصص, هل الوعي لعنة ؟, هل هو وهم؟ هل هو شيء منفصل؟ كلها أسئلة لكن دون إجابات, ممكن تفهم خلفية الموضوع وب [...]

    15. راقني الكتاب وراقني تسلسل الأفكار والطرح وربط النظرياتالأسئلة التي تطرحها الكاتبة مثيرة ومدعاة للتفكير.مقارنة بعدة كتب أخرى قرأتها في السلسلة فإن كتاب الوعي هو المفضل لدي، وأرى أن الكاتبة نجحت في النزول لمستوى القارئ المبتدئ وخطة الكتاب واضحة ومرتبة.

    16. الوعيمقدمة قصيرة جداسوزان بلاكموركتاب يقع في أقل من مائة وخمسين صفحة، في ثماني فصول يتحدث عن طبيعة الوعي وماهيته، وعن علاقة الوعي بالدماغ البشري، وكيف للإنسان أن يدرك فكرة المكان والزمان، وكيف نفهم أننا لنا ذات تقع خارجنا. وتحدث عن الإرادة الواعية وموضوعات أخري، بصفة عامة [...]

    17. In "Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction", Susan Blackmore gives the reader just that - a very short introduction to a highly complicated interdisciplinary topic. Considering the sheer impossibility of doing that in a fully satisfying way, Blackmore did quite a good job at it.The book starts of with the basic dichotomy between dualists and monists (mainly materialists these days) and explains why none of these sides have a convincing argument to offer for why their side is true and the other [...]

    18. This book starts off very promisingly. It asks all the interesting questions and presents loads of interesting research and studies on the topics. However, the final chapter is so utterly disappointing that I can't give this book more than three stars. Blackmore presents her own "solution" to the problem of consciousness, but in such an unsatisfying way that all the questions she herself presented in the beginning remain unanswered. If our talk of consciousness and subconsciousness are nothing b [...]

    19. I debated between giving this book two or three stars. On the plus side, it is well written, an easy read, and it has a clear and concise description of a lot of what has been done and the state of the art in understanding consciousness. In the end, I went with two stars because I felt this book is fundamentally dishonest, a fatal flaw in an introduction. My problem with this book is that rather than being a review, what the title promises, it considers other theories of consciousness only to di [...]

    20. آگاهی چیست و دقیقا چه میکند؟ آیا آگاهی نوعی توهم نیست؟کتاب شامل 8 فصله زبان ساده ای داره. بلکمور سوالی رو مطرح میکنه و بعد درباره تصورات نادرستی که وجود داره توضیح میدهخوندنش مفید و جالب بود قسمتی از کتابچطور از شر افکار مزاحم راحت شویم؟ بهترین توصیه این است که با این افکار نجن [...]

    21. Brilliant introduction to a concept I don't understand at all. The best way to think about consciousness is like trying to see when a fridge's light turns off. It always appears to be on, so in a certain way we always appear to be conscious and we cannot ever not be conscious. The existence of marijuana refutes this idea however

    22. Bought online. Font too small. Couldn't even bring myself to struggle to read the first page. Just one glance and it was ejected from my consciousness like a rocket :O(

    23. احببته جدا لعنة الوعي ☺الموضوع مثير حقا اسئله لا اجابة لها الموضوع يستحق التعمق اكثر

    24. يطرح الكتاب نظريات مختلفة حول الوعي وأهمها تلك التي تدحض نظرية ثنائية الروح والجسد و تدعو لإعادة التفكير هل للروح وجود وهل ستنفصل عن الجسد يوما لتلقى ربها أم هي مجرد افتراض من صنع البشر واحساس بالوجود؟

    25. ظهرياً أنا انتهيت منه ولكني اعتقد أن لي عودة في سنة ما لهذا الكتاب لأجيب عن بعض التساؤلات ، وحتي أستوعب الكتاب بشكل أفضل .

    26. اللعب في المسلمات :Dالوعى والذات والحواس مرهق بس قطع شوط معرفي كبير فى صفحات قليلة

    27. الكتاب علمي فلسفي بحت يناقش ويقارن عده فلسفات وتساؤلات تدور حول:حقيقه الوعيجوانب الوعيعلاقه الوعي بالعقل البشريالذاتالارادة الواعيهحالات الوعي المتغيرهتطور الوعييفضل قراءة الكتاب اذا تواجدت الرغبه فاللاطلاع على البحوث العلمية ومتابعتها للتوصل لنتائج وآراء مدعمة علميا

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