Rom Harré and Fathali M. Moghaddam have designed a textbook and brought together additional voices that speak to the similarities and differences of two seemingly separate domains in psychology. This bridge-building seeks to encourage a new generation of undergraduate students studying psychology to more fully appreciate the real potential for the study of human behavior, and as such it will represent a more provocative alternative to standard general psychology textbooks. It also be used in a host of courses, namely on the conceptual and philosophical nature of psychology, social psychology, critical psychology and cognitive science.
Chapter 4: The Brain and Consciousness
The Brain and Consciousness
What is important about depicting anomalies precisely? If you cannot do it, that shows that you do not know your way around the concepts. (Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1977, p. 72)
Bogus Mysteries and Bogus Questions
It seems a truth universally acknowledged that consciousness is a mystery. Francis Crick (Nobel laureate) and his colleague Christhof Koch (a neuroscientist) inform us that consciousness is ‘the most mysterious aspect’ of the mind/brain problem (Crick & Koch, 1992, p. 111). Eric Kandel (Nobel laureate) and his neuroscience colleagues T. D. Albright, T. M. Jessel, and M. I. Posner announce that ‘Perhaps the greatest unresolved problem … in all of biology, resides in the analysis of consciousness’ (Albright, Jessel, Kandel, & Posner, 2000, p. §40). ...