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Understanding Consciousness: Its Function and Brain Processes 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0761967743
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`This is surely the ultimate expression of the top-down approach to consciousness, written with Sommerhoff's characteristic clarity and precision. It says far more than other books four times the size of this admirably concise volume. This book is destined to become a pillar of the subject' - Rodney Cotterill, Technical University of Denmark


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1 edition (November 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761967745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761967743
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,026,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Camara on February 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I expected much more from this book. I have no great objections in that consciousness is the representation of the internal and external world, as well as of the self. But from this it does not follow that we will understand consciousness by studying sensory processing alone. Many studies show that sensory activity, and sensory representations, are necesary but not sufficient for consciousness. Sommerof confuses the representation from the represented. There are many pieces of evidence favoring distribuited interacion between many brain regions as a necesary condition for consciousness. This deals with multicortical-region interactions, and this is not just a matter of representing the external, internal world. It is about how these representationas arise from distribuited brain activity.
Sommerof also claims qualia is just the "effects" of the representations on the organism. Again, I will not contest this claim, but point out its vagueness. I do not think this volume actually helps you understand consciousness, although the ideas and simplicity of the model makes it attractive. It is not a theoretical giant step nor anything, but it is not a bad read either. I recomend it, but not because it is the final word on consciousness, but because many good points are made throughout the laying out of sommerofs model.
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