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  • Metapsychology of the Creative Process

    Continuous Novelty as the Ground of Creative Advance
    Jason W. Brown

    This book discusses a process (microgenetic) theory of the mental state of creativity that differs markedly from mainstream (cognitive) psychology, but with the potential to clarify many features of thought and imagery, normal and exceptional. Creativity is not an isolated problem but touches many central issues in philosophical psychology.

  • Before Consciousness

    In Search of the Fundamentals of Mind
    Zdravko Radman

    This book aims to integrate the non-conscious as a constitutive dimension of the mind and also to outline how it is indispensable in virtually everything we do.

  • The Singularity

    Could artificial intelligence really out-think us (and would we want it to)?
    Uziel Awret

    Volume combining two special issues of the Journal of Consciousness Studies on the philosophical aspects of a possible artificial intelligence singularity.

  • Insides and Outsides

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Animate Nature
    Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

    Insides and Outsides brings together diverse aspects of animate nature, showing that scientific understandings of animate nature are — or can be — complementary to philosophical understandings.

  • In Their Right Minds

    The Lives and Shared Practices of Poetic Geniuses
    Carole Brooks Platt

    Based on nearly twenty years of scientific and literary research, this book enters the atypical minds of poetic geniuses — Blake, Keats, Hugo, Rilke, Yeats, Merrill, Plath and Hughes — by way of the visible signs in their lives, beliefs, and shared practices.

  • Beyond the Subjectivity Trap

    Martin O'Dea

    Beyond the Subjectivity Trap challenges the paradigm of the hard problem of consciousness by contesting the relevance and primacy of human thought.

  • Microgenetic Theory and Process Thought

    Jason W. Brown

    The chapters in this volume attempt to establish some foundational principles of a theory of the mind/brain grounded in evolutionary and process theory.

  • Mechanisms in World and Mind

    Perspective Dualism, Systems Theory, Neuroscience, Reductive Physicalism
    Bernd Lindemann

    This book is about philosophical aspects of neuroscience, centred on perspective dualism.

  • Depression, Emotion and the Self

    Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    Matthew Ratcliffe

    This volume addresses the question of what it is like to be depressed. Despite the vast amount of research that has been conducted into the causes and treatment of depression, the experience of depression remains poorly understood.

  • Knowing, Doing, and Being

    New Foundations for Consciousness Studies
    Chris Clarke

    Between 1965 and 2002 several key lines of research emerged which, taken together, can potentially revolutionise our understanding of the place of consciousness in the universe. In this book the author explains the close connections between these new ingredients.

  • Meaning in Communication, Cognition and Reality

    Outline of a Theory from Semiotics, Philosophy and Sociology
    Martin Staude

    This book presents a general and formal theory of meaning, signs, and language. The theory is presented in a clear and consistent way offering novel and provocative insights into the fundamental structures and processes of communication, cognition, and reality.

  • Looking In and Speaking Out

    Introspection, Consciousness, Communication
    Robin Wooffitt

    The authors argue it is essential to examine the linguistic and communicative practices that are used in the production of introspective data, and thereby make an important contribution to debates about how we may study experience that are relevant to a wide range of disciplines.

  • Demystifying Shamans and their World

    A Multidisciplinary Study
    Adam J. Rock

    This multi-disciplinary study draws on the fields of psychology, philosophy and anthropology with the aim of demystifying shamanism. The authors analyse conflicting perspectives regarding shamanism, the epistemology of shamanic states of consciousness, and the nature of the mental imagery encountered during these states.

  • The Moon and Madness

    Niall McCrae

    Lunacy, the legendary notion of minds unhinged by the moon, continues to captivate the popular imagination. The book is divided into two parts. It begins with a historical account of the lunacy concept, followed by an investigation of hypothetical mechanisms for a lunar effect.

  • Pluralism and the Mind

    Matthew Colborn

    This book argues that new concepts of emergent mental properties are needed because of the failure of mainstream approaches satisfactorily to address issues like subjective volition, autonomy and creativity. Personal consciousness is active and classifiable as a subset of the wider problem of biological causation.

  • Avatar-Philosophy (and -Religion) Or FAITHEISM

    Edmond Wright

    Are you prepared, either as an atheist or a religious believer, to have your ideas of God, the self, other people, the body, the soul, spirituality, and faith challenged in an unexpected and original way? Here is a book that moves out from under and away from the received notions of those ponderous topics, whether or not you believe in the divine.

  • The Implications of Embodiment

    Cognition and Communication
    Wolfgang Tschacher

    This edited volume is scientifically based, but readable for a larger audience, covering the concept of "embodied cognition" and its implications from a transdisciplinary angle.

  • Situated Aesthetics

    Art Beyond the Skin
    Riccardo Manzotti

    This book focuses on externalist approaches to art. It is the first fruit of a workshop held in Milan in September 2009, where leading scholars in the emerging field of psychology of art compared their different approaches using a neutral language and discussing freely their goals.

  • Digital Social Mind

    John Bolender

    This book argues that relational cognition, a form of social cognition, exhibits digital infinity as does language.

  • Ten Years' Viewing from Within: Further Debate

    Claire Petitmengin

    This special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies is the sequel to Ten Years of Viewing from Within, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the publication of The View from Within, where Francisco Varela in collaboration with Jonathan Shear designed the foundations of a research program on lived experience.

  • JCS Symposium on Describing Inner Experience

    A Debate on Descriptive Experience Sampling
    Josh Weisberg

    A special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies debating the merits of Russell Hurlburt's technique of Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) as a means of accessing inner experience.

  • Who Was Mrs Willett?

    Landscapes and Dynamics of Mind
    Chris Nunn

    Here is an account of mentality and human experience, written for a multi-disciplinary readership. The focus is on how mind, consciousness and selves inter-relate, extending into exploration of ideas about the nature of awareness and a search for relevant evidence.

  • The Victorian's Guide to Consciousness

    Essays Marking the Centenary of William James
    Allan Combs

    A special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies to mark the centenary of the death of the pioneer psychologist William James.

  • Immortal Longings

    F.W.H. Myers and the Victorian Search for Life After Death
    Trevor Hamilton

    Immortal Longings is the first full-length biography of Frederic W.H. Myers, leading figure in the Society for Psychical Research and friend and associate of Browning, Gladstone, Ruskin, Tennyson, Swinburne, Henry James, Prince Leopold and other influential Victorians.

  • Evolving Ethics

    The New Science of Good and Evil
    Steven Mascaro

    This book describes the application of Artificial Life simulation to evolutionary scenarios of wide ethical interest, including the evolution of altruism, rape and abortion, providing a new meaning to "experimental philosophy".

  • Getting Darwin Wrong

    Why Evolutionary Psychology Won't Work
    Brendan Wallace

    This book, which is written in a reader friendly but rigorous style, is a timely assault on one of the most fashionable philosophies of mind currently 'out there'.

  • Spiritual Crisis

    Varieties and Perspectives of a Transpersonal Phenomenon
    Fransje Waard

    In this book people speak about inner experiences in which they perceived themselves and the world so differently that they thought they were going mad. Experiences of existential voids, heights and depths, freezing wastes and silences, of pure energy, love and fear, oneness and chaos.

  • Sensibility and Sense

    The Aesthetic Transformation of the Human World
    Arnold Berleant

    Sensibility and Sense offers a philosophically comprehensive account of humans' social and cultural embeddedness encountered, recognized, and fulfilled as an aesthetic mode of experience.

  • Mindworlds

    A Decade of Consciousness Studies
    J. Andrew Ross

    Understanding consciousness is one of the central scientific challenges of our time. This book presents Andy Ross's recent work and discusses a range of perspectives on the core issues.

  • Ten Years of Viewing from Within

    The Legacy of Francisco Varela
    Claire Petitmengin

    Ten years on from The View From Within, Claire Petitmengin has organized a collection of essays that examine and refine the research program on first-person methods defined in The View from Within, with contributions based on empirical research.

  • Narrative and Folk Psychology

    Daniel D. Hutto

    This volume, which is a special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, brings together new work by scholars from a range of disciplines whose aim is to clarify, develop and challenge the claim that folk psychology may be importantly - perhaps even constitutively - related to narrative practices.

  • The corporeal turn

    An interdisciplinary reader
    Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

    The purpose of The Corporeal Turn is to document in a single text the impressive array of investigations possible with respect to the body and bodily life, and to show that, whatever the specific topic being examined, it is a matter of fathoming and elucidating complex and subtle structures of animate meaning.

  • Emergence and Downward Determination

    Charbel Nino El-Hani

    This special issue of the journal Cybernetics & Human Knowing brings together contributions to the debate on emergence and related topics from a variety of perspectives, especially the sciences of complexity and cybernetics.

  • Subjectivity and Being Somebody

    Human Identity and Neuroethics
    Grant Gillett

    This book uses a neo-Aristotelian framework to examine human subjectivity as an embodied being. It examines the varieties of reductionism that affect philosophical writing about human origins and identity.

  • The Origin of Consciousness in the Social World

    Charles Whitehead

    Western individualism has delayed scientific recognition of the essentially social nature of consciousness – or at least of the human mind and brain. The contributors to this volume, introduce some anthropological themes into consciousness studies.

  • Origin of Humanness in the Biology of Love

    Pille Bunnell

    The central concern of this book is us human beings. The authors' basic question is: 'How is it that we can live in mutual care, have ethical concerns, and at the same time deny all that through the rational justification of aggression?’

  • Healing, Hype or Harm?

    A Critical Analysis of Complementary or Alternative Medicine
    Edzard Ernst

    The scientists, academics and practitioners writing this book are not 'against' complementary or alternative medicine (CAM), but they are very much ‘for’ evidence-based medicine and single standards. They aim to counter-balance the many uncritical books on CAM and to stimulate intelligent, well-informed public debate.

  • Brainstorming

    Views and Interviews on the Mind
    Shaun Gallagher

    Shaun Gallagher is a philosopher of mind who has made it his business to study and meet with leading neuroscientists, including Michael Gazzaniga, Marc Jeannerod and Chris Frith. The result is this unique introduction to the study of the mind, with topics ranging over consciousness, emotion, language, movement, free will and moral responsibility.

  • Representational and the Presentational

    An Essay on Cognition and the Study of Mind
    Benny Shanon

    In this wide-ranging book the author presents his critique of the contemporary portrayal of cognition, an analysis of the conceptual foundations of cognitive science and a proposal for a new concept of the mind.

  • Mind, the Body and the World

    Psychology After Cognitivism?
    Tony Anderson

    The roots of cognitivism lie deep in the history of Western thought, and to develop a genuinely post-cognitivist psychology, this investigation goes back to presuppositions descended from Platonic/Cartesian assumptions and beliefs about the nature of thought.

  • Interplay Between Consciousness and Concepts

    Rocco J. Gennaro

    Questions on the nature of concepts in philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science, such as 'What are concepts?' and ‘What is it to possess a concept?’ are notoriously difficult to answer. These questions are tackled here by Simon Baron-Cohen, Peter Carruthers, and a distinguished cast of scientists and philosophers.

  • Why Spirituality is Difficult for Westerners

    David Hay

    Dr Hay is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. A zoologist by profession, his research has been guided by the hypothesis that religious or spiritual awareness is biologically natural to the human species and has been selected for in evolution.

  • Making God

    A New Materialist Theory of the Person
    Ann Long

    Developments in psychology mean that our view of persons is unlike the great teachers of the Axial Age -- the Buddha, Confucius, Zoroaster, etc. -- and therefore the God they made can no longer serve as ours. We have to make our own. So argues Ann Long in this fascinating exploration of personhood, religion and moral value.

  • Dimensions of Personhood

    Arto Laitinen

    This collection of original articles considers the perennial question 'What are persons?' It aims first of all to clarify the nature of the question and its relation to associated questions such as the nature of the human animal.

  • What Does it All Mean?

    A Humanistic Account of Human Experience
    William A. Adams

    Adams sets out a new reasoned argument, based on his experience as a cognitive psychologist and as a human being, to show why Socrates was right: the purpose of life is to recognize ourselves — in each other and in all things.

  • World in My Mind, My Mind in the World

    Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals and Machines
    Igor Aleksander

    Not consciousness, but knowledge of consciousness: that is what this book communicates in a fascinating way.

  • Concepts of Consciousness

    Integrating an Emergent Science
    J. Scott Jordan

    For the conference and the special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies that lie behind this book, pairs of researchers were asked to tackle from different standpoints concepts of consciousness such as realism, representation, intentionality, information, control, memory and the self.

  • Science as a Spiritual Practice

    Imants Baruss

    Science as a Spiritual Practice is in three parts. In the first part the author argues that there are problems with materialism and that self-transformation could lead scientists to more comprehensive ways of understanding reality. Part two discusses inner knowledge and altered states. Part 3 analyses the philosophy of Franklin Wolff.

  • Paranormal and the Politics of Truth

    A Sociological Account
    Jeremy Northcote

    This book is based on the author's ten-year research into the politics of belief surrounding paranormal ideas.

  • Artificial Consciousness

    Antonio Chella

    The book is interdisciplinary and focuses on the topic of artificial consciousness: from neuroscience to artificial intelligence, from bioengineering to robotics.

  • Between Chance and Choice

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Determinism
    Robert Bishop

    This volume collects essays by accomplished scientists and philosophers, addressing numerous facets of the concept of determinism. The contributions cover viewpoints from mathematics, physics, cognitive science and social science as well as various branches of philosophy.

  • Right Road to Radical Freedom

    Tibor R. Machan

    This work focuses on the topic of freedom. The author starts with the old issue of free will — do we as individual human beings choose our conduct, at least partly independently, freely?

  • Consciousness and Its Place in Nature

    Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism?
    Anthony Freeman

    For the last five years philosopher Galen Strawson has provoked a mixture of shock and scepticism with his carefully argued case that physicalism entails panpsychism. In this book Strawson provides the fullest and most careful statement of his position to date.

  • Radical Externalism

    Honderich's Theory of Consciousness Discussed
    Anthony Freeman

    What is it for you to be conscious? To be conscious now, for instance, of the room you are in? Theories on offer divide into just two categories, labelled by Ted Honderich as devout physicalism and spiritualism.

  • How Many People are There in My Head? And in Hers?

    An Exploration of Single Cell Consciousness
    Jonathan C.W. Edwards

    This book makes the proposal that the only possible solution to the 'mind-brain' problem is that each nerve cell is conscious separately and that we have no other 'global' consciousness.

  • Psychedelic Horizons

    Thomas B. Roberts

    This is a different kind of book about psychedelics. Rather than describing psychedelic experiences, it presents four future-oriented ideas 'coming over the psychedelic horizon', which illustrate the potential benefits of psychedelics for humanity.

  • Emotion Experience

    Giovanna Colombetti

    Emotion experience has failed to date to gain a central place in the study of consciousness. This special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies presents the most recent views on the matter, with discussions of several aspects of emotion experience.

  • Moral Mind

    A Study of What it is to be Human
    Henry Haslam

    The reality and validity of the moral sense — which ordinary people take for granted — took a battering in the last century. Haslam shows how important the moral sense is to the human personality and exposes the weakness in much current thinking that suggests otherwise.

  • Shadow, Self, Spirit

    Essays in Transpersonal Psychology
    Michael Daniels

    Transpersonal Psychology concerns the study of those states and processes in which people experience a deeper sense of who they are, or a greater sense of connectedness with others, with nature, or the spiritual dimension. This book brings together the author's writings on the topic over recent years.

  • Sheldrake and His Critics

    The Sense of Being Glared at
    Anthony Freeman

    Rupert Sheldrake outraged the scientific establishment in the early 1980s with his hypothesis of morphic resonance. In this book Sheldrake summarizes his case for the 'non-visual detection of staring'. His claims are scrutinised by fourteen critics, to whose commentaries he then responds.

  • Gregory Bateson

    Essays for an Ecology of Ideas
    Frederick Steier

    Gregory Bateson's work continues to touch others in fields as diverse as communication, ecology, anthropology, philosophy, family therapy, education, and mental/spiritual health. The authors in this special issue of Cybernetics & Human Knowing celebrate the Bateson Centennial.

  • Ways of Knowing

    Science and Mysticism Today
    Chris Clarke

    The world faces a crisis of meaning. The old stories — whether the exclusive claims of rival religions or the grand schemes of perennial philosophy — seem bankrupt to many. The editorial stance of this book is that mysticism and science offer a way forward here.

  • Plain Person's Free Will

    David Hodgson

    In this special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies David Hodgson defends a simple, robust account of the plain person's position on free will, and intends it to support equally robust views of personal responsibility for conduct.

  • Paradoxical Primate

    Colin Talbot

    Human beings have an evolved but highly adaptable nature. This book sets out to establish a new framework for understanding human nature, from an evolutionary perspective but drawing on existing social sciences.

  • Hidden Resources

    Classical Perspectives on Subjectivity
    Dan Zahavi

    To what extent can the current discussion of consciousness in mainstream cognitive science and analytical philosophy of mind profit from insights drawn from the investigations of subjectivity found in the Kantian and post-Kantian tradition (Kant, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard) as well as in the phenomenological and hermeneutical tradition?

  • Why the Mind is Not a Computer

    A Pocket Lexicon of Neuromythology
    Raymond Tallis

    The equation "Mind = Machine" is false. This pocket lexicon of "neuromythology" shows why.

  • Trusting the Subject?

    Volume Two
    Anthony Jack

    This work is designed to encourage cognitive scientists to take more account of the subject's unique perspective.

  • Science, Consciousness and Ultimate Reality

    David Lorimer

    The Science, Consciousness and Ultimate Reality project was set up with the support of the John Templeton Foundation in order to examine critical issues at the interface between science, religion and the field of 'consciousness studies'.

  • Our Last Great Illusion

    A Radical Psychoanalytical Critique of Therapy Culture
    Rob Weatherill

    'Therapy may be mad,' declares Rob Weatherill in this outspoken volume. This book aims to refute the fashion for a return to a pre-Cartesian ideal of harmony and integration.

  • Art and the Brain III

    Joseph Goguen

    Third of a three-volume series of the "Journal of Consciousness Studies", which asks if it is possible to take a natural science approach to art and uncover general laws of aesthetic experience, or is that taking reductionism too far?

  • Francisco J. Varela 1946-2001

    Soren Brier

    A volume dedicated to the life and work of Francisco Varela, this is an issue of the journal "Cybernetics and Human Knowing".

  • Heinz Von Foerster 1911-2002

    Soren Brier

    Dedicated to the life and work of Heinz Von Foerster, this is a double issue of the journal "Cybernetics and Human Knowing".

  • Trusting the Subject?

    Volume One
    Anthony Jack

    This work is designed to encourage cognitive scientists to take more account of the subject's unique perspective.

  • Man Who Tasted Shapes

    Richard E. Cytowic

    The ten people in one million who are synaesthetes are born into a world where one sensation (e.g. sound) conjures up one or more others (e.g. taste or colour). Extensive experiments with more than forty synaesthetes led Richard Cytowic to an explanation of synaesthesia that emphasized the primacy of emotion over reason.

  • Psi Wars

    Getting to Grips with the Paranormal
    James E Alcock

    This collection of essays shows that a simple division into 'sceptics' and ‘believers’ for the paranormal cannot be made. The real struggle, for all researchers, is not with each other, but to get a secure hold on the subject itself.

  • Machine Consciousness

    Owen Holland

    Can a machine really be conscious? Can it have feelings? Well, even the humble thermostat knows when it gets too hot — and it can do something about it too. But can a machine think thoughts? Does it have a personality? How would you know?

  • Physicalism and Mental Causation

    Sven Walter

    This book presents a range of essays on the conceptual foundations of physicalism, mental causation and human agency.

  • Cognitive Approach to Conscious Machines

    Pentti O. Haikonen

    Could a machine have an immaterial mind? The author argues that true conscious machines can be built, but rejects artificial intelligence and classical neural networks in favour of the emulation of the cognitive processes of the brain—the flow of inner speech, inner imagery and emotions.

  • Structure of Thinking

    A Process-oriented Account of Mind
    Laura E. Weed

    This book presents an alternative, naturalistic view of human thinking, arguing that computers are merely sophisticated machines.

  • How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains?

    Max Velmans

    In daily life we take it for granted that our minds have conscious control of our actions, at least for most of the time. But many scientists and philosophers deny that this is really the case, because there is no generally accepted theory of how the mind interacts with the body. Max Velmans presents a non-reductive solution to the problem.

  • Varieties of Religious Experience

    Centenary Essays
    Michel Ferrari

    William James published his classic work on the psychology of religion, "The Varieties of Religious Experience", in 1902. To mark the centenary, leading contemporary scholars reflect on changes in our understanding of the questions James addressed.

  • Is the Visual World a Grand Illusion?

    Alva Noe

    There is a traditional scepticism about whether the world "out there" really is as we perceive it. A new breed of hyper-sceptics now challenges whether we even have the perceptual experience we think we have. The writings collected in this volume explore the implications of this scepticism.

  • Emergence of Consciousness

    Anthony Freeman

    How does the conscious mind relate to the physical body? In The Emergence of Consciousness philosopher Robert Van Gulick gives a clear and masterly overview and comparison of the current 'emergent' and ‘reductive’ approaches. Other contributors discuss more detailed aspects of the subject.

  • Between Ourselves

    Second Person Issues in the Study of Consciousness
    Evan Thompson

    The first volume in this series (The View from Within) was a study of first-person approaches to the study of consciousness. Second-person 'I–You' relations are central to human life yet have been neglected in consciousness research. This book puts that right.

  • Cognitive Models and Spiritual Maps

    Interdisciplinary Explorations of Religious Experience
    Jensine Andresen

    This book throws down a challenge to religious studies, offering a multidisciplinary approach - including developmental psychology, neuropsychology, philosophy of mind, and anthropology.

  • Art and the Brain, II

    Investigations into the Science of Art
    Joseph Goguen

    Second of a three-volume series of the "Journal of Consciousness Studies", which asks if it is possible to take a natural science approach to art and uncover general laws of aesthetic experience, or is that taking reductionism too far?

  • Volitional Brain

    Towards a Neuroscience of Freewill
    Benjamin Libet

    The puzzling status of volition is explored in this issue by a distinguished body of scientists and philosophers.

  • Models of the Self

    Shaun Gallagher

    A comprehensive reader on the problem of the self as seen from the perspectives of philosophy, development psychology, robotics, cognitive neuroscience, psychopathology, semiotics, phenomenology and contemplative studies, all focused on a keynote paper.

  • How to Solve the Mind-body Problem

    Nicholas Humphrey

    The mind is the brain. Each mental state -- each hope, fear, thought -- can be identified with a particular physical state of the brain, without remainder. So argues Nicholas Humphrey in this highly readable yet scholarly essay.

  • Evolutionary Origins of Morality

    Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
    Leonard D. Katz

    This volume includes four principal papers and a total of 43 peer commentaries on the evolutionary origins of morality.

  • Reclaiming Cognition

    The Primacy of Action, Intention and Emotion
    Rafael Nunez

    Traditional cognitive science is Cartesian in the sense that it takes as fundamental the distinction between the mental and the physical, the mind and the world. The authors depart radically from this model.

  • Art and the Brain

    Joseph Goguen

    First of a three-volume series of the "Journal of Consciousness Studies", which asks if it is possible to take a natural science approach to art and uncover general laws of aesthetic experience, or is that taking reductionism too far?

  • View from Within

    First-person Approaches to the Study of Consciousness
    Francisco J Varela

    Drawing on a wide range of approaches — from phenomenology to meditation — THE VIEW FROM WITHIN examines the possibility of a disciplined approach to the study of subjective states. The focus is on the practical issues involved.