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These papers were written sometime between 1995-96, but they are revised in 2000, so the information is still up to date. This is a wonderful contribuition to consciousness studies. It is the best book out of the series "advances in consciousness research" so far. The papers adress, not general theories of consciousness, like Edelman's or Damasio's, but more subtle aspects of the whole enterprise. For example, the first section adresses the study of covert processing and its relationship to consciousness, as well as a review of Baron-Cohens theory of autism -relevant for the understanding of consciousness of the mental. The second section deals with visual consciousness, intersensory integration and the separation in the visual system of not "what" and "where" pathways, but "what" and "how to act on it". Clearly this section deals with the contents of consciousness, nit consciousness itself. The third section deals with emotion, attention, arousal and things of the like, obviously essential for a complete framework for the study of consciousness. Finally, the last section deals with the very important question of the function and evolution of consciousness.
This volume, without actually presenting a neuronal theory of consciousness, builds a platform suitable to support such an enterprise. The orignial papers deal with very important research and ideas. This is the kind of books that really help advance the understanding of consciousness as arising from the enchanted loom that is the brain.
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