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Toward a Science of Consciousness III: The Third Tucson Discussions and Debates (Complex Adaptive Systems) Paperback – October 29, 1999


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  • Series: Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book (October 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262581817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262581813
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 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: #1,778,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart R. Hameroff is Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychology; Alfred W. Kaszniak is Professor of Psychology, Neurology, and Psychiatry; and David J. Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, all at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

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The Preface to this 1999 collection states, "As a new millennium beckons... questions have emerged from a long darkness that dominated psychology for much of the last century. This international and interdisciplinary introspection has stemmed in part... from a sense that now is the time for the science of the mind to address its central and most difficult problem. The most burning issue is that of whether conscious experience... can be accommodated within present-day science... three interdisciplinary and international Tucson conferences [Toward a Science of Consciousness: The First Tucson Discussions and Debates and Toward a Science of Consciousness II: The Second Tucson Discussions and Debates] have been held in 1994, 1996, and 1998... The conferences have been integrative, attempting to assimilate and synthesize a variety of approaches toward understanding the conscious mind..." (Pg. ixx-xx)

David Chalmers [author of The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory] says in his Introduction, "It is natural to hope that an explanation of consciousness might be a physical explanation... But some have argued that any purely physical explanation of consciousness will be incomplete. Neurophysiology will very likely yield a systematic correlation between states of the brain and states of consciousness, but will this correlation be a complete explanation? ...
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr Sutapas Bhattacharya on April 23, 2006
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The third and final volume of these Tucson debates is considerably smaller than the mammoth Tucson II. It is as usual a mixed bag hitting a low with the incredible Science as the creation of Darwinian "just-so" story tautologies by psychologist Nicholas Humphrey. The vacuous neo-Darwinian argument that things are as they are as they had to evolve that way is repeated yet again by Humphrey for consciousness as if he has made some profound discovery!!!
If one can point to any progress over the course of these conferences in the mid-1990s it was that Tucson III ends with a final section on Phenomenology with eight chapters - the best of which is by B. Alan Wallace on Buddhist Phenomenology. Many of these chapters refer to the need to learn from Hindu/Buddhist yogic phenomenology (many New-Age types are very biased towards Tibetan Buddhism)and Husserlian phenomenology as the only way to really understand Consciousness with its transformations into different states of which mainstream Western philosophy and science are totally ignorant. But even these chapters often start well pointing out the deficiencies of Western approaches but then the authors' own models are themselves based on the same sort of culturally-limited assumptions which they had only moments earlier been criticising! It is truly hard to shake off indoctrinations! For instance, Laughlin holds to the Neuronal Man myth and views consciousness as some emergent phenomenon in central nervous systems with no ontological argument to justify his views. Harry Hunt tries to explain away the mystical Light in terms of Gibson's sensory optical array and reduce profound ontological claims to simple, trivial metaphors! The great mystics all assert that the Light is NOT a sensory phenomenon and sensory processes are stopped in deep mysticism!!!
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