Matter and Consciousness

Author: Paul M. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262530743
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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

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.

The Quantum Gods

Author: Jeff Love
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 059512867X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

Mind Matter and the Implicate Order

Author: Paavo T. I. Pylkkänen
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540480587
Format: PDF
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This accessible and easy-to-follow book offers a new approach to consciousness. The author’s eclectic style combines new physics-based insights with those of analytical philosophy, phenomenology, cognitive science and neuroscience. He proposes a view in which the mechanistic framework of classical physics and neuroscience is complemented by a more holistic underlying framework in which conscious experience finds its place more naturally.

Mind Out of Matter

Author: G.R. Mulhauser
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401151040
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Mind Out of Matter aims to transform the way we think about consciousness and the physical world. Unlike many contemporary volumes, it develops a robust and philosophically satisfying account of the mind/body relationship without doing violence to fundamental physics. It expunges popular but ludicrous assumptions about the `in principle' capabilities of cognizers and, with the help of tools from mathematics and scientific fields, supplants flawed notions of representation, function, and mental state with objective and physically grounded alternatives. It debunks quantum theories of consciousness, constructs a simple zombie recipe, and evaluates recent research on chaotic analogue networks. This book is indispensable for readers in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence, and for mathematicians applying complexity theory or information theory to biological cognition. Audience: General academic/university libraries, plus university departmental libraries in philosophy, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and computer science. Researchers and specialists in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, artificial life, complexity theory, and information theory. Researchers in the telecommunications industry.

Why Animals Matter

Author: Marian Stamp Dawkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199587825
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Presents an urgent argument for the need to rethink animal welfare. In the vein of Temple Grandin's work, Dawkins explains that this welfare must be made to work in practice to have any effect, and cannot be tinged by anthropomorphism and claims of animal consciousness, which lack firm empirical evidence and are often freighted with controversy and high emotions. Instead, animal-welfare efforts must focus on science and on fully appreciating the critical role animals play in human welfare. With growing concern over such issues as climate change and food shortages, how we treat those animals on which we depend for survival needs to be put squarely on the public agenda.

Energetic Processes

Author: Peter Moscow
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462827220
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"Energetic Processes, Volume I is a revolutionary anthology with 19 classic articles by such USPA luminaries as Dr. Sarah Hieronymus, Dr. Bob Beck, Dr. Andrija Puharich, Col. Tom Bearden, Dr. Peter Moscow, Dr. Arden Andersen, Dr. Henry Monteith, Eldon Byrd, Jack Houck, Dr. Bev Rubik, Dr. Glen Rein, Christopher Bird and others. Subjects include documented radionics treatments, effects of healers, psychokinesis, scalars, electrotherapy, crystals, agriculture paradigms, psychotronic warfare, overunity EM systems, zero-point energy, physics and consciousness. "

Living Consciousness

Author: G. William Barnard
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438439598
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Explores the thought of Henri Bergson, highlighting his compelling theories on the nature of consciousness and its relationship to the physical world.