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Inner Presence: Consciousness as a Biological Phenomenon (MIT Press)

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"The author offers a comprehensive and very readable review of the field of consciousness studies. Revonsuo argues for a causal role for phenomenology, claiming that 'subjective phenomenal consciousness is a real, natural biological phenomenon that literally resides within the confines of the brain.' He goes on to suggest ways to bridge the gap between the neural and the phenomenological levels in a style that makes his argument accessible to intelligent readers. By integrating the philosophy, psychology, and biology of consciousness, and by including dreaming consciousness within its purview, *Inner Presence* distinguishes itself from other fine books on the subject."--David Kahn, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School



"Revonsuo steers an important and interesting path through a variety of theoretical and methodological considerations from different domains and does so with a clarity that makes such considerations interdisciplinarily accessible." Arnon Cahen Quarterly Review of Biology

About the Author

Daryn Lehoux studied History and Philosophy of Science at the Universityof Toronto. His research interests include the logic and epistemologyof ancient sciences, especially astrology and divination. He is working on abook on predictive practices and predictive inference in Mesopotamia,Greece, and Rome. He is currently Assistant Professor in the History ofScience and Technology Programme at the University of King's College inHalifax, Nova Scotia.

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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (August 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262513412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262513418
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carlos Camara on January 14, 2011
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As someone who has followed consciousness studies for over a decade now, I ave begun to feel disapponted at how slowly progress has been made. Philosopher rarely change their ideas substantially (notable exceptions: Tye and Dennett), scientists cannot escape sticking to neural correlates and workspace theory, physicists mantain quantum theory is of the essence, etc. Having said that, I allways loved reading Revonsuo, his papers and collections (He edited a nice book back in 1994, if my memory does not fail me). He has a no nonsense approach, and in many ways his consciousness as virtual-reality model is very intuitively appealing. In this book he tris to compress his ideas into a full-lenght book and succeeds. He knows the field and uses empiric evidence with skill in order to support his more speculative ideas. He is clearly a naturalist, representationalist, and (maybe) reductionist, which is not uncommon, but still difficult to defend. There are a couple of chapters in the book 17 and 18 I believe, where the "level" or "structure" of conscisouness in the brain is discussed, which cannot be missed by anyone interested in the topic. This is as good as a neuroreductive explanation of consciousness can get. The final chapters on zombies and the function of consicousness are well argued. Of course, as any other book written by a scientist, philosophers will have a field day showing how his arguments fail for seome reason or other, either because of conceivability, supervenience, entailment, something Kim or Kripke said, but this should never prevent the biological realist in reading and appreciating a nice framework like what Revonsuo has elaborated for us. This is amust for consciousness-freaks,, especially for those of us who believe it can be explained in cognitive neuroscience terms.
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Very, very good!!!
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Brilliant, but way too brilliant to be absorbed by an ordinary mind. A complex subject needs to be summarized and simplified to connect with ordinary, interested readers.
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