Matter and Consciousness

Author: Paul M. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262316579
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In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland presents a concise and contemporary overview of the philosophical issues surrounding the mind and explains the main theories and philosophical positions that have been proposed to solve them. Making the case for the relevance of theoretical and experimental results in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence for the philosophy of mind, Churchland reviews current developments in the cognitive sciences and offers a clear and accessible account of the connections to philosophy of mind.For this third edition, the text has been updated and revised throughout. The changes range from references to the iPhone's "Siri" to expanded discussions of the work of such contemporary philosophers as David Chalmers, John Searle, and Thomas Nagel. Churchland describes new research in evolution, genetics, and visual neuroscience, among other areas, arguing that the philosophical significance of these new findings lies in the support they tend to give to the reductive and eliminative versions of materialism.Matter and Consciousness, written by the most distinguished theorist and commentator in the field, offers an authoritative summary and sourcebook for issues in philosophy of mind. It is suitable for use as an introductory undergraduate text.

Matter and Consciousness

Author: Paul M. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262519585
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In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland clearly presents the advantages and disadvantages of such difficult issues in philosophy of mind as behaviorism, reductive materialism, functionalism, and eliminative materialism.

Matter and Consciousness

Author: Paul M. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262530743
Format: PDF, Docs
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In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland clearly presents theadvantages and disadvantages of such difficult issues in philosophy of mind as behaviorism,reductive materialism, functionalism, and eliminative materialism. This new edition incorporates thestriking developments that have taken place in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificialintelligence and notes their expanding relevance to philosophicalissues. Churchland organizes and clarifies the new theoretical and experimentalresults of the natural sciences for a wider philosophical audience, observing that this researchbears directly on questions concerning the basic elements of cognitive activity and theirimplementation in real physical systems. (How is it, he asks, that living creatures perform somecognitive tasks so swiftly and easily, where computers do them only badly or not at all?) Mostsignificant for philosophy, Churchland asserts, is the support these results tend to give to thereductive and the eliminative versions of materialism. A BradfordBook

The Quantum Gods

Author: Jeff Love
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 059512867X
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Beneath the facade of the ego, beyond the ability of the mind to conceive of it, yet within reach of everyone through direct personal experience, there is a God-like Self, the authentic "I AM" or the Quantum God or Goddess. From the perspective of a Quantum God, life is a co-created reality made of consciousness and a special condition of consciousness called matter. Matter is the medium; being is the message. You and I are the Quantum Gods. The book features: A profusely illustrated introduction to the classical Kabbalah and its Tree of Life "The Creative Law," a practical, seven-step process of creative visualization. It was discovered by applying Kabbalistic principles to decipher the code hidden in the first book of the Old Testament mistakenly entitled Genesis. It is how the Quantum Gods co-create reality. "Psychometaphysics," a radical metaphysical model of reality in the form of a commentary on Kabbalah which relates the scientific view of the world to personal experience "The Enlightenment Intensive," a method of self-inquiry discovered in 1968. It is a Zen-like method utilizing both contemplation and communication to discover first hand the true nature of Self and Life from one's own direct personal experience

The Ontological Problem

Author: Paul M. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026231861X
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This selection from a recently updated edition of a classic work by Paul Churchland considers such questions as the nature of mental states and processes, in what medium they take place, how they are related to the physical world, whether consciousness survives the disintegration of the physical body, and if a purely physical system such as a computer could enjoy real conscious experience. It proceeds by investigating which of the available theories of mind proves to be the most reasonable theory on the evidence and has the greatest explanatory power, predictive power, coherence, and simplicity.

Secrets of the Aether

Author: David W. Thomson III
Publisher: The Aenor Trust
ISBN: 0972425128
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Author David Thomson and Jim Bourassa have founded the Quantum AetherDynamics Institute, an organization dedicated to understanding the Aether. For the first time in human history, the Aether is fully quantified based upon empirical data. Through a very simple observation noted nearly 200 years ago by Charles Coulomb, the electromagnetic units have been corrected of an error that has led physics astray for so long. Now, electrodynamics expresses in simple dimensional equations, the neurosciences unite with quantum and classical physics, and we can precisely model the geometry of subatomic particles.

Evolving the Mind

Author: A. Graham Cairns-Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521637558
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The next great revolution in science will undoubtedly be the emergence of a useful theory of consciousness--a theory based on our better understanding of molecules and brains and of the nature of science itself. Evolving the Mind broaches both of these themes, covering how ideas about the mind evolved in science and how the mind itself evolved in Nature. What Cairns-Smith does that is particularly compelling is to synthesize the contributions of a wide range of scientific disciplines (physics, molecular biology, brain science, and evolution) to bring science to the brink of a unified theory of consciousness. The author thoroughly explores this complex concept in a straightforward, conversational style. Few readers will be able to resist the exciting conclusion that we are closing in on a scientific theory of consciousness.

Mind Matter and Quantum Mechanics

Author: Henry P. Stapp
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540896538
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Leading quantum physicist Stapp focuses in this book on the problem of consciousness and explains how quantum mechanics allows causally effective conscious thought to be combined in a natural way with the physical brain made of neurons and atoms.