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Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, and the Science of Being Human 1st Edition

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"[P]resents a coherent overview of the issues confronting those who wish to investigate this controversial area of study." - SB&F

About the Author

SIMEON LOCKE, M.D. is a Neurologist and Professor Emeritus of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Among his many roles during his career he has been Acting Chief of Neurology at Boston Medical Center, Chief of Neurology at Boston State Hospital, and Chief of Neurology at New England (now Beth Israel) Deaconess Medical Center.


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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031335006X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313350061
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,467,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For Locke there are three types of consciousness; not just consciousness or self-consciousness. There are the three: un-knowing consciousness; knowing consciousness; and self consciousness.
This book supports the thalamacortical circuit for knowing consciousness; but Locke says this doesn't complete the picture. What about un-knowing consciousness that can even occur during sleep? (This contradicts the 40hz theory - remember?). because of his position, Locke emphasizes the "peripheral" nervous system; reticular formation of the brain stem; and the "hypothalamus" . This is not your normal NCC presentation; but it does open the reader's mind to a new essential consideration. And don't let the M.D. fool you. This is post-grad level work. He is well-informed. I just wish he would follow this up with a larger work that drew the specific paths for us; like Gazzoniga did in "HUMAN" . I actually am a believer after reading his book and want "more". Extremely high recommendation.

One additional comment: knowing - consciousness for Locke follows a methodology first proposed by Wolfgang Klemish in his book on long-term memory (available on Amazon also). Klemish should get more attention for his theory of interconnected vertical columns in the cortex forming modules. Locke's non-knowing sub-system model feeds this module to reach the threshold of knowing-consciousness. I'm a Klemish fan as well.
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