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The Emerging Physics of Consciousness (The Frontiers Collection) Hardcover – August 29, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-3540238904 ISBN-10: 3540238905 Edition: 2006th

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  • Series: The Frontiers Collection
  • Hardcover: 487 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2006 edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540238905
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540238904
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The intention of the book was clearly to present many different views of the consciousness problem, and as such it succeeds extremely well. … If you are interested in consciousness and its interaction with the physical and biological worlds, this is an excellent book that I recommend highly.” (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, March, 2014)

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Consciousness remains one of the major unsolved problems in science. How do the feelings and sensations making up conscious experience arise from the concerted actions of nerve cells and their associated synaptic and molecular processes? Can such feelings be explained by modern science, or is there an entirely different kind of explanation needed? And how can this seemingly intractable problem be approached experimentally? How do the operations of the conscious mind emerge out of the specific interactions involving billions of neurons? This book seeks answers to these questions on the underlying assumption that consciousness can be understood using the intellectual potential of modern physics and other sciences. There are a number of theories of consciousness, some based on classical physics while others require the use of quantum concepts. The latter ones have drawn criticism from the parts of the scientific establishment while simultaneously claiming that classical approaches are doomed to failure. The contributing authors present a spectrum of opinions from both sides of this on-going scientific debate, allowing readers to decide for themselves which of the approaches are most likely to succeed.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard G. Petty on January 22, 2007
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I think that most of us would agree that consciousness remains one of the major unsolved problems in science. Though there are still some scientists and philosophers who think that it is no more than a grand illusion created by a series of neural reflexes, common sense, personal insight and observation really tell us otherwise.

So how do the feelings and sensations that make up conscious experience arise from the actions of neurons and their associated synaptic and molecular processes? Or is there enough evidence to indicate that the mind is not a product of neural activity, but is instead a universal field that is constrained by the brain?

This fine book proposes that consciousness can be understood using the insights of modern physics and other sciences.

The book is divided into 14 chapters:

1. The path ahead by Jack A. Tuszynski and Nancy Woolf

2. Consciousness and quantum physics: empirical research on the subjective reduction of the state vector by Dick J. Bierman and Stephen Whitmarsh

3. Microtubules in the cerebral cortex: role in memory and consciousness by Nancy J. Woolf

4. Towards experimental tests of quantum effects in cytoskeletal proteins by Andreas Mershin and Hugo Sanabria and John H. Miller and Dharmakeerthna Nawarathna and Efthimios M. C. Skoulakis and Nikolaos E. Mavromatos and Alexadre A. Kolomenskii and Hans A. Schuessler and Richard F. Luduena and Dimitri V. Nanopoulos

5. Physicalism, chaos and reductionism by Alwyn Scott

6. Consciousness, neurobiology and quantum mechanics: the case for a connection by Stuart Hameroff

7. Life, catalysis and excitable media: a dynamic systems approach to metabolism and cognition by Christopher James Davia

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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T. Schumann on February 6, 2007
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The articles involving exposition of scientific progress are pretty good. The articles attempting philosophy are not so good. Some of the authors attempt to impress the reader instead of enlightening the reader.
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