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.

Origin and Uses of Consciousness: In the Beginning Is Its End

Origin and uses of consciousness: In the beginning is its end

After the age of 50, many neuroscientists feel that they have sufficient wisdom and expertise to set about solving the problem of consciousness. As neuroscientists, they are concerned with identifying the neural correlates of consciousness and showing how subjective experience can arise from activity of the physical brain. Many solutions have been proposed, none of which proved very satisfying. I knew I could not do better … so there is no need to be embarrassed. Just go back to the party and have fun (Frith, 2007, p.193).

Embarrassing Issues and Partial Solutions

Body and the Brain

Chris Frith's (2007) book Making Up the Mind: How the Brain ...

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