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Consciousness (A Brief Insight) Hardcover – May 4, 2010

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Susan Blackmore is a psychologist, freelance writer, and lecturer. The author of numerous scientific articles and book contributions—including The Meme Machine, she writes for several magazines and newspapers and is a frequent contributor on radio and television, both in the UK and abroad.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Brief Insight
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402775288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402775284
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Blackmore, author of several books on the topic of consciousness, (Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human, Ten Zen Questions, The Meme Machine (Popular Science), and Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)), has performed an exceptional task here - covering the immense field of Consciousness - with this, Consciousness: A Brief Insight, her latest book.

Despite a mere 8 chapters, spanning 167 pages, Blackmore has managed to squeeze in all the heavy-hitters: David Chalmers, Daniel Dennett, Stephen Pinker, Patricia Churchland, Roger Sperry and Michael Gazzaniga - to name just a handful. Also, she has invoked all the hot-topics, for example: Dualism, Monism, Idealists, Neutral Monists, and Materialists. I would venture to say that, one could pick up this book, read it in a day or two, and be well on their way to tackling more substantial things (Philosophy of Mind, Revised Edition: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides (Oneworld)), would be a great next choice, I think). This book clearly outlines what the problems are and what the fuss over Consciousness is all about.
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I absolutely loved reading this. As an undergraduate psychology student, I was very very briefly introduced to the subject of consciousness by one of my professors. This book was a great way to satisfy my curiosity. I knew almost nothing about consciousness before reading this book, but now I am an expert to everyone in all my social circles! I found myself teaching everyone around me what I learned from this book. It's a great introduction to a complicated subject.
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