Consciousness is an active area of both philosophical debates and scientific research. Consciousness Quest, rather than covering the broad spectrum of consciousness spread over multiple scientific disciplines, refocuses the quest for consciousness on a specific area where Eastern contemplative traditions, mostly in Hindu and Buddhist theories of mind, meet Western empirical research. This book is an introduction to current scientific thinking and research on consciousness and at the same time acquaints readers with the spectrum of classical and modern philosophical notions on consciousness.

Talking About Consciousness, Self-knowledge, Access, and Sentience

Talking About Consciousness, Self-knowledge, Access, and Sentience
Talking about consciousness, self-knowledge, access, and sentience
Another Slice of Western Philosophy and the Neurology of Consciousness

There are three ways in which one could understand the contents of consciousness. Steve Pinker (1997) proposes that the three are self-knowledge, access, and sentience. Self-knowledge is a uniquely human content of consciousness. Probably some animals do have self-knowledge, as they can recognize their images in the mirror. Pinker goes a step beyond this and describes self-knowledge as information about oneself. Not only individuals are aware of pain or pleasure or seeing red, but beyond that they are also aware of the awareness, aware that they have pleasure, pain, and perception. Obviously, awareness of awareness is not a strange phraseology for those who ...

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