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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • God versus Particle Physics

    A No-Score Draw
    John Davies

    The book presents the conclusions of a psychologist seeking to make sense of contemporary particle physics as described in a number of popular science texts and media articles, written by physicists, seeking to explain the workings of the sub-atomic...

  • Amputated Souls

    The Psychiatric Assault on Liberty 1935-2011
    Anthony James

    Amputated Souls explores the subject of the assault upon human rights and human freedom by psychiatrists and the clinical methods they use. The book traces the history of lobotomy and ECT from their invention in southern Europe in the 1930s, under...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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'.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.