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Consciousness Hardcover – 13 Jun 2002

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (13 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030435600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304356003
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CONSCIOUSNESS by Rita Carter SRA successful launch party was held on June 13th at the Royal Institution, London and Rita spoke at the ICA Cafe Scientifique on 11 June. Rita spoke to a full house at the Ways With Words Festival andis speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. An article by Rita was published in The Independent and features have appeared in Night And Day - Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail. A front page news piece based on the book appeared in The Telegraph with the article followed up in The Daily Mail the next day. An article is due to appear in FT Weekend. Rita has appeared on BBC Breakfast News ,The Gary Robertson Show - BBC Radio Scotland, Johnny Walker Show -BBC 2, Nicky Campbell - BBC Radio 5 Live, and BBC Radio Oxford further interviews are lined up with One Word Radio, and BBC Radio Cambridge. An excellend review appeared in the Guardian with further reviews secured in Daily Mail, New Scientist, Nature, New Statesman, BMJ, Oxford Times and Focus Magazine. "An excellent introduction for those who want to glimpse the state of play. Thebook is glossy, richly illustrated and enthusiastic - a welcoming text for a

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A guide to the hardest problem in science: the nature of consciousness.

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Nothing could be of more interest to us, as conscious beings, than the nature of consciousness itself, but the scientific study of our 'selves' can be all but impenetrable to those of us without a relevant academic background. True, there are plenty of books on the theme of consciousness aimed at the popular market, but all too often they are written by scientists so locked into their specialisms that they can't quite bring themselves to surrender the bias of their theories. Broadly speaking, the scientific community seems to fall into two utterly opposed camps: either consciousness is something special and apart from the merely physical and biological workings of the brain, or it is not. Likewise, half the robotics experts in the world think that consciousness is simply an informational 'process' that can one day be reproduced in a computer, if only we can invent the right software, while the other half are just as sure that consciousness has some ineffable ghostly quality that cannot ever be generated within a machine.
Rita Carter's lively, accessible overview of the state of consciousness studies reads like the story of a particularly entertaining dinner party, attended by some of the best scientists and philosophers at work today, and representative of what might most compactly be described as the 'materialist' and 'non-materialist' opposing camps. Most of the debates are good-natured, but a few of them bring a delicious hint of bad-temper to the proceedings - and Carter herself is no slouch as the 'host' of this gathering: her descriptions of brain processes and witty analogies are often rather more accessible than those of her expert guests.
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Nothing could be of more interest to us, as conscious beings, than the nature of consciousness itself, but the scientific study of our 'selves' can be all but impenetrable to those of us without a relevant academic background. True, there are plenty of books on the theme of consciousness aimed at the popular market, but all too often they are written by scientists so locked into their specialisms that they can't quite bring themselves to surrender the bias of their theories. Broadly speaking, the scientific community seems to fall into two utterly opposed camps: either consciousness is something special and apart from the merely physical and biological workings of the brain, or it is not. Likewise, half the robotics experts in the world think that consciousness is simply an informational 'process' that can one day be reproduced in a computer, if only we can invent the right software, while the other half are just as sure that consciousness has some ineffable ghostly quality that cannot ever be generated within a machine.
Rita Carter's lively, accessible overview of the state of consciousness studies reads like the story of a particularly entertaining dinner party, attended by some of the best scientists and philosophers at work today, and representative of what might most compactly be described as the 'materialist' and 'non-materialist' opposing camps. Most of the debates are good-natured, but a few of them bring a delicious hint of bad-temper to the proceedings - and Carter herself is no slouch as the 'host' of this gathering: her descriptions of brain processes and witty analogies are often rather more accessible than those of her expert guests.
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This Kindle edition is a disgrace, even by the often low standards of Kindle editions. The text appears twice, a couple of paragraphs on a blue background followed by a duplicate couple in a normal format. There is no linked (i.e. usable) contents page, and the footnotes aren't linked either. The explanatory diagrams and graphics do not appear. This Kindle edition is a scam: of such low quality, so carelessly produced that it should never have been offered for sale.

Later - Very reasonable response from customer service - they will investigate, and if it's not a problem with my downloading or Kindle, withdraw the item while the issues are sorted out. Meanwhile, they have given me a refund. No complaints about their reaction!
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