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Topic: Consciousness

  Center for Consciousness Center . Tucson . Arizona
Toward a Science of Consciousness July 23-27, 2007 - Budapest, Hungary George Kampis, Hungarian Foundation for Cognitive Science, Eotvos University
Al was a wonderful man and a good friend who pioneered nonlinear science and emergence and applied them to the study of consciousness.
Al’s book “Stairway to the Mind” is the classic work on emergence of consciousness, and his last book “The nonlinear universe” will appear later this year.
www.consciousness.arizona.edu   (147 words)

Consciousness in the wide sense has come to be recognized in modern times as the subject-matter of a special science, psychology; or, more definitely, phenomenal or empirical psychology.
Whilst these attempts to reach quantitative measurement-- characteristic of the exact sciences--in the study of consciousness have not been directly very fruitful in new results, they have nevertheless been indirectly valuable in stimulating the pursuit of greater accuracy and precision in all methods of observing and registering the phenomena of consciousness.
The contention, however, that all states of consciousness, though not "secretions" or "products" of matter, are yet forms of activity which have their ultimate source in the brain and are intrinsically and absolutely dependent on the latter is not disposed of by this reasoning.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/04274a.htm   (2301 words)

 Animal Consciousness
Third, the question of whether animals are conscious beings or “mere automata”, as Cartesians would have it, is of considerable moral significance given the dependence of modern societies on mass farming and the use of animals for biomedical research.
Fourth, while theories of consciousness are frequently developed without special regard to questions about animal consciousness, the plausibility of such theories has sometimes been assessed against the results of their application to animal consciousness.
On the assumption that phenomenal consciousness is an evolved characteristic of human minds, at least, and therefore that epiphenomenalism is false, then an attempt to understand the biological functions of consciousness may provide the best chance of identifying its occurrence in different species.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/consciousness-animal   (6660 words)

 Consciousness and Neuroscience
The neuronal correlates of consciousness are often referred to as the NCC.
Consciousness takes many forms, but for an initial scientific attack it usually pays to concentrate on the form that appears easiest to study.
Consciousness, then, is enriched by visual attention, though attention is not essential for visual consciousness to occur (Rock et al.
www.klab.caltech.edu /~koch/crick-koch-cc-97.html   (9811 words)

 Consciousness and Intentionality
Consciousness has also been taken to consist in the monitoring of one's own states of mind (e.g., by forming thoughts about them, or by somehow "sensing" them), or else in the accessability of information to one's capacities for rational control or self-report.
Perhaps conscious states of mind are distinguished partly by their possession of a type of content proper to the sensory subdivision of mind.
The proposal then is that such a state is conscious just when it belongs to one of those mental kinds, and the (‘higher order’) thought occurs to the person in that state that he or she is in a state of that kind.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/consciousness-intentionality   (13407 words)

 Quantum Consciousness
The consciousness of a talented architect is capable of designing and holding within itself an image of large solid structures such as great cathedrals or public buildings.
Dreaming may be that point in a cycle where consciousness and its vehicle interpenetrate and flow together, allowing the patterns and waves of probability to appear without any attempt to focus them to a point.
I believe the movement of this point of consciousness, which appears as a pattern of probability waves in the quantum sea, must occur in extremely short segments of time, of necessity shorter than the time an electron takes to move from one state to another within the molecular structure of the nerve cell membranes.
www.levity.com /alchemy/quantum.html   (3371 words)

 consciousness and microtubules
She lets us know, about this question of what consciousness is, that in particular it is the question of `how it relates to scientific goings-on in the brain'.
Consciousness, according to one answer, is `genuinely distinct' from brain activity.
Consciousness can be connected with the brain in the given way but itself be entirely non-neural.
www.ucl.ac.uk /~uctytho/consciousness_and_microtubules.htm   (5992 words)

 Classics in the History of Psychology -- James (1892) Chapter 11
The only states of consciousness that we naturally deal with are found in personal consciousness, minds, selves, concrete particular I's and you's.
And the thought by which we cognize it is the thought of it-in-those-relations, a thought suffused with the consciousness of all that dim context.
Consciousness is always interested more in one part of its object than in another, and welcomes and rejects, or chooses, all the while it thinks.
psychclassics.yorku.ca /James/jimmy11.htm   (7323 words)

 Digital Consciousness
From the Artist List one may examine the work of an artist more thoroughly by clicking on an artist's name and then on a thumbnail image.
Each section of Digital Consciousness may be reached from the menu that appears below and near the bottom of most pages.
Please use it to explore the entire site.
digitalconsciousness.com   (243 words)

 Consciousness - Eric Lormand
This ancient sense of ‘conscious’ lingers on, and broadens to cover any kind of belief or cognition (whether or not it is ‘knowledge’;), and any kind of attitude about something (whether or not it is ‘cognitive’;).
In a still broader sense, ‘mind’; and ‘consciousness’ are synonyms, as are ‘being mindful of’; something and ‘being conscious of’ it, so that any kind of mental state (whether or not it is an ‘attitude’) is a state of consciousness.
The remainder of the entry is divided between the explanation of phenomenal consciousness and the epistemology of introspective consciousness.
www-personal.umich.edu /~lormand/phil/cons/consciousness.htm   (11905 words)

 Classics in the History of Psychology -- James (1904)
While in this way consciousness, or reference to a self, is the only thing which distinguishes a conscious content from any sort of being that might be there with no one conscious of it, yet this only ground of the distinction defies all closer explanations.
This supposes that the consciousness is one element, moment, factor -- call it what you like -- of an experience of essentially dualistic inner constitution, from which, if you abstract the content, the consciousness will remain revealed to its own eye.
In one of these contexts it is your 'field of consciousness'; in another it is 'the room in which you sit,' and it enters both contexts in its wholeness, giving no pretext for being said to attach itself to consciousness by one of its parts or aspects, and to out reality by another.
psychclassics.yorku.ca /James/consciousness.htm   (5324 words)

 Tryptamine Hallucinogens and Consciousness
As soon as people had the information in their minds, the symbiote came alive, for, like the mushroom consciousness, Dick imagined it to be a thing of pure information.
The mushroom consciousness is the consciousness of the Other in hyperspace, which means in dream and in the psilocybin trance, at the quantum foundation of being, in the human future, and after death.
Consciousness is somehow able to collapse the state vector and thereby cause the stuff of being to undergo what Alfred North Whitehead called "the formality of actually occurring." Here is the beginning of an understanding of the centrality of human beings.
www.deoxy.org /t_thc.htm   (6378 words)

 JCS, Journal of Consciousness Studies
As John Searle puts it, raising the subject of consciousness in cognitive science discussions is no longer considered to be ``bad taste'', causing graduate students to ``roll their eyes at the ceiling and assume expressions of mild disgust.''
But, if we are to make progress in studying consciousness, we will have to think about it very clearly, and engage in serious constructive dialogues between a variety of viewpoints.
The field of consciousness studies is at a very early stage, characterized by crude theories, most of which are unlikely to stand the test of time.
www.imprint.co.uk /jcs.html   (1554 words)

 Epistemology, Consciousness, &c
Consciousness Research Laboratory from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
There may be no connection between quantum me chanics and the mechanisms of consciousness.
Argues that in trying to locate consciousness in the brain, there are "hard" problems and "easy" problems, and that solutions to the "easy" problems may or may not help us solve the "hard" ones.
www.lycaeum.org /drugs/other/brain   (1260 words)

 Foundation for a New Consciousness, An Essay on Art, Science and Meditation
Selecting alchemy as his guide, he blends ancient metaphysical beliefs with contemporary ones and demonstrates that at the center of consciousness is paradoxical thinking, which the author clarifies through an in-depth investigation.
The new consciousness is based on a holistic and alchemical matrix that encourages the growth of a healthy mind.
Enhanced by lively drawings, this book will help readers find their inner space, transform their consciousness, and reach a higher level of awareness.
www.westgatehouse.com /fnc.html   (286 words)

 The New York Review of Books: In the River of Consciousness
Time is a river that carries me away, but I am the river....' Our movements, our actions, are extended in time, as are our perceptions, our thoughts, the contents of consciousness.
We live in time, we organize time, we are time creatures through and through.
The cover date of the next issue of The New York Review of Books will be October 5, 2006.
www.nybooks.com /articles/16882   (346 words)

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