- Series: Journal of Consciousness Studies (Book 7)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Imprint Academic (May 22, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0907845088
- ISBN-13: 978-0907845089
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,978,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Solve the Mind-body Problem (Journal of Consciousness Studies)
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"... Humphrey's 'efferent-activity-that-I-am-aware-of' theory of consciousness and his resulting solution to the mind-body problem presents readers with a myriad of important issues in consciousness..."(Trends in Cognitive Sciences)
"This totally engaging book not so much challenges current views on this most ancient of problem than cogently argues for its definition."(Human Nature Review)
"Coherent, readable and self-contained."(Philosophical Writings)
"'Humphrey presents his theory here in a coherent, easy to follow, self-contained way... [S]ets out some interesting new avenues of investigation."(Metapsychology)
From the Back Cover
Humphrey's account of the position of qualia in mental life is the most promising and fertile I have seen. I am especially impressed by his pivotal idea that sensation is itself a species of affect-laden intentional activity. This is a genuinely new idea with enormous appeal and explanatory potential, the full measure of which I suspect not even he has taken.
Humphrey's essay is full of intriguing and original suggestions, pointing out new directions for investigation and probing deep beneath the surface.
Robert van Gulick
I believe Humphrey's careful and progressive story, once insulated from the threat of circularity, holds out the hope of real progress in an argumentative arena depressingly close to a stalemate.
About the Author
Nicholas Humphrey is author of the widely-read A History of the Mind (1992) and other books including Consciousness Regained and Soul-Searching. He is senior research fellow in evolutionary psychology at the London School of Economics.
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Humphrey mantains, rightly, that the problem of qualia is a problem of making the identity 'brain state P= mental state S' look natural. He holds that it is not enough to balance one side of the equation without balancing the other side as well. Not only must we redefine the neural component, but the qualia component as well. Now Humphrey takes a functional aim, however. But it is evident that a functional explanation leads inevitably to the physicalistic explanation, that of the "mind-brain" identity. He discusses the diferences and relationship between perception and sensation, then presents an evolutionary story that will facilitate the making sense of how matter could indeed become conscious.
Humphrey's theory is not without its faults, and the commentators realize this. But it is a good sign when the most serious objection is a philosophical one: could not all of what Humphrey's talks about happen, but without the qualia? Here come the zombies again! Now I must admit that it is true that Humphrey's does not make the puzzle disapear. It is still a mystery how is it that qualia emerges from lifeless, grey, matter. But at lleast, (and this is a great step, if you consider consciousness debates) it is at least possible to see how the puzzle COULD be put together, without falling into mysterianism, nor any kind of dualism. As a theory of qualia, I doubt any others come close. But this is just a small step for man. The giant step will have to waita bit. Consciousness is still not explained, and it is a routine to say this. But it would be false to say that no progress has been done.
This book should be read by anyone interested in the mind body problem, because Humphrey could, with a little bit of luck,be the one to hammer the first nail of the very large coffin of the mind body problem.