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Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, and the Science of Being Human Hardcover – December 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0313350061 ISBN-10: 031335006X Edition: 1st

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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: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 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: #4,348,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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



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A Neurologist explains what great role the nervous system plays in consciousness and self-consciousness for human beings and other animals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By barryb on October 13, 2012
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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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