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  • 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.

  • Ranulph Glanville and How to Live the Cybernetics of Unknowing

    Soren Brier

    A festschrift issue of Cybernetics and Human Knowing focusing on the work of Ranulph Glanville, cybernetician, design researcher, theorist, educator and multi-platform artist/designer/performer.

  • 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. Two of these are crucial: first, the analyses of human mental processes...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Demystifying Shamans and their World

    A Multidisciplinary Study
    Adam J. Rock

    Shamanism can be described as a group of techniques by which its practitioners enter the “spirit world,” purportedly obtaining information that is used to help and to heal members of their social group. Despite a resurgence of interest in shamanism...

  • The Moon and Madness

    Niall McCrae

    Lunacy, the legendary notion of minds unhinged by the moon, continues to captivate the popular imagination. Although it violates the assumptions of modern science and psychiatry, such belief remains common among mental health workers. Furthermore...

  • 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...

  • 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. The contributions are from the fields of psychology, computer science...

  • 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. Copies of elementary models are combined and recursively nested to form a potentially infinite number of complex models. Just as one...

  • 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, JCS Vol. 16, No. 10-12 (2009), commemorating the tenth anniversary of the publication of The View from Within, JCS Vol. 6, No. 2-3 (1999)...

  • 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...

  • 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: FWH Myers and the Victorian search for life after death 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...

  • 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”. The authors also apply...

  • Getting Darwin Wrong

    Why Evolutionary Psychology Won't Work
    Brendan Wallace

    Brendan Wallace, with a background in psychology, demonstrates that the key claims of Evolutionary Psychology (EP), popularised by Steven Pinker and others, are based on the 'brain is a digital computer' argument. He then argues that as we now know...

  • 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. The chapters are based on texts written for a variety of...

  • 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

    Folk psychology refers to our everyday practice of making sense of actions, both our own and those of others, in terms of reasons. This volume, which is a special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, brings together new work by scholars from...

  • 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...

  • 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. The book is organised...

  • 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. Milestone publications (in ethology, primatology and cognitive science), dealing with theory of mind...

  • 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?’ The authors...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. For example, are concepts abstract mind-independent objects...

  • 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

    The great teachers of the Axial Age — the Buddha, Confucius, Zoroaster, the Hebrew prophets right down to Jesus — began the making of the modern God. They re-made their inherited gods, creating a personal God in their own image. We may best celebrate...

  • 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; how the concepts of...

  • What Does it All Mean?

    A Humanistic Account of Human Experience
    William A. Adams

    Adams now 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...

  • 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 individual scientists to more comprehensive ways of understanding reality.

  • 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. It provides an overview on the current state of the art of research in the field of...

  • Between Chance and Choice

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Determinism
    Robert Bishop

    Are choice and free will possible in a world governed by deterministic fundamental equations? What sense would determinism make if many events and processes in the world seemed to be governed by chance? These and many other questions emphasize the...

  • 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.

  • 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

    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. This book explores the idea in an accessible way, while attempting to...

  • 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...

  • 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. Materialist trends in philosophy, decline in religious faith, and a loosening of traditional moral constraints contributed to...

  • 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: his book A New Science of Life was denounced by the journal Nature as 'the best candidate for burning there has been for many years.

  • 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 (C&HK)...

  • 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

    Dan Zahavi, the editor of this collection, heads the Center for Subjectivity Research, at the University of Copenhagen. The essays reflect the interests of the Center and seek to address the following issue: To what extent can the current discussion...

  • 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 relatively new 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. Therapy here means particularly psychotherapy and counselling, but should be also taken to signify the universal logic of the post-modern therapeutic culture.

  • Art and the Brain III

    Joseph Goguen

    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? The contributors to this volume include Semir Zeki, Nicholas Humphrey, VS Ramachandran & Erich...

  • Francisco J. Varela 1946-2001

    Soren Brier

    Dedicated to the life and work of Francisco Varela, this is an issue of the journal "Cybernetics and Human...

  • 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...

  • 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). Although scientists have known about synaesthesia for two hundred years, until recently...

  • 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

    From the toaster that burns our breakfast to the video recorder that wipes out our favourite movie, we've all had that feeling that a machine is out to get us. So can a machine really be conscious? Can it have feelings? Well, even the humble...

  • Physicalism and Mental Causation

    Sven Walter

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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. According to these writers, perceptual...

  • Emergence of Consciousness

    Anthony Freeman

    How does the conscious mind relate to the physical body? Two common views from the past offered the stark choice between dualism which said mind and body were quite separate and physicalism which said that the mind was in fact 'nothing but' the...

  • Between Ourselves

    Second Person Issues in the Study of Consciousness
    Evan Thompson

    The first volume in this series (The View from Within, ed. Francisco Varela and Jonathan Shear) 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...

  • Cognitive Models and Spiritual Maps

    Interdisciplinary Explorations of Religious Experience
    Jensine Andresen

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

  • Art and the Brain, II

    Investigations into the Science of Art
    Joseph Goguen

    What is art? What is beauty? How do they relate? Where does consciousness come in? What about truth? And can science help us with issues of this kind? Because such questions go to the very heart of current conflicts about Western value systems, they...

  • 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. He offers strong...

  • Evolutionary Origins of Morality

    Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
    Leonard D. Katz

    Includes four principal papers and a total of 43 peer commentaries on the evolutionary origins of...

  • 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.

  • Art and the Brain

    Joseph Goguen

    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...

  • 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.