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Epilogue: A Tiny Bit of Philosophy

Bernard J. Baars

in In the Theater of Consciousness: The Workspace of the Mind

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195102659
eISBN:
9780199864126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.003.0010
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems, Behavioral Neuroscience

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that contrary to the claims of some scholars, an empirically based understanding of human experience is possible and ... More


Prologue: The Metaphor

Bernard J. Baars

in In the Theater of Consciousness: The Workspace of the Mind

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195102659
eISBN:
9780199864126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.003.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems, Behavioral Neuroscience

This chapter presents a brief discussion of the aim of the book. It compares Plato's thoughts on consciousness with that of Frank Crick, arguing that both appear to reflect the same underlying ... More


An Introduction to the Meaning of Life

Elizabeth Wicks

in The Right to Life and Conflicting Interests

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199547395
eISBN:
9780191594373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547395.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Medical Law

The first chapter serves as an introduction to the concept of life by identifying the boundaries of life and investigating the issue of why human life should be singled out for special treatment. It ... More


 Ritual from Five Angles: A Tool for Teaching

Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart

in Teaching Ritual

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195176452
eISBN:
9780199785308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Since its inception in 1987, The Journal of Ritual Studies, has published many seminal articles on the definition, recognition, and interpretation of ritual practices. The journal's approach has been ... More


Treating Consciousness as A Variable

Bernard J. Baars

in In the Theater of Consciousness: The Workspace of the Mind

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195102659
eISBN:
9780199864126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.003.0002
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems, Behavioral Neuroscience

This chapter discusses the treatment of consciousness as a variable. Topics covered include the cognitive unconscious, the conscious and unconscious qualia, the two-channel experiment, and ... More


Onstage: Sensations, Images, and Ideas

Bernard J. Baars

in In the Theater of Consciousness: The Workspace of the Mind

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195102659
eISBN:
9780199864126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.003.0004
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems, Behavioral Neuroscience

This chapter argues that sensory consciousness gives us our most vivid moment-to-moment experiences. Mental images seem to be “faint copies” of sensory events, generated from within the brain itself. ... More


The Evolution of Consciousness

Euan Macphail

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198503248
eISBN:
9780191686481
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503248.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Are non-human animals conscious? When do babies begin to feel pain? What function is served by consciousness? What evidence could resolve these issues? These questions are tackled by exploring ... More


The Theater Stage Has Limited Capacity but Creates Vast Access

Bernard J. Baars

in In the Theater of Consciousness: The Workspace of the Mind

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195102659
eISBN:
9780199864126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.003.0003
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems, Behavioral Neuroscience

This chapter uses the theater metaphor to analyze consciousness. It argues that the great body of evidence can be understood in terms of the six basic ideas: the stage, the bright light of attention, ... More


Body and soul

Euan M. Macphail

in The Evolution of Consciousness

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198503248
eISBN:
9780191686481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503248.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The mind-body problem has traditionally been the province of philosophers who relied on logic and arguments rather than on observation and facts. Psychology began as an experimental discipline some ... More


4. Lonergan and the Key to Philosophy

Elizabeth A. Murray

in Finding God in All Things: Celebrating Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228089
eISBN:
9780823236954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228089.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Bernard Lonergan is counted among the major Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century. His contribution to philosophy with his major work, Insight, and to theology with his crowning achievement, ... More


Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming

Kimerer LaMothe

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171052
eISBN:
9780231538886
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171052.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

Within intellectual paradigms that privilege mind over matter, dance has long appeared as a marginal, derivative, or primitive art. Drawing support from theorists and artists who embrace matter as ... More


Evolution of Human Intelligence

R.I.M. Dunbar and Richard D. Alexander

in Human Social Evolution: The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199791750
eISBN:
9780190267858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199791750.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter focuses on the evolution of intelligence and Richard D. Alexander's 1989 paper that explains how the human psyche has evolved. Alexander's prescient paper was one of the first studies to ... More


Behaviourism: mindless psychology

Euan M. Macphail

in The Evolution of Consciousness

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198503248
eISBN:
9780191686481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503248.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Behaviourism — the central concern of this chapter — was a theory that was intended to apply equally to humans and non-humans. Behaviourists did not conceive of any fundamental distinction between ... More


From philosophy to psychology

Euan M. Macphail

in The Evolution of Consciousness

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198503248
eISBN:
9780191686481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503248.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Empiricism — the notion that all knowledge derives ultimately from the senses — has been the dominant trend of British philosophy from the late seventeenth century onwards. But the early British ... More


Bio-centric Views of the Origin of Consciousness: The Search for the Solution to the Hard Problem

Arthur S. Reber

in The First Minds: Caterpillars, Karyotes, and Consciousness

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190854157
eISBN:
9780190854188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854157.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Two strategies are used to review the many efforts to solve (or resolve or dissolve) the Hard Problem. One searches for the neurocorrelates of consciousness, the effort to answer the question: “How ... More


“I Felt a Completely New Liberation from Personality”: Tolstoy’s Late Diaries

Irina Paperno

in "Who, What Am I?": Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453342
eISBN:
9780801454967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453342.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter looks at Leo Tolstoy's late diaries and his almanacs for daily reading, focusing on the dialectics of self and selflessness. In his History of Yesterday, the young Tolstoy—unaware of the ... More


Altered States of Time

Anna Powell

in Deleuze, Altered States and Film

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748632824
eISBN:
9780748651139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632824.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines altered states of time of the cinematic distortions of space and time via the philosophical thoughts of Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze. It explains Deleuze's belief that the ... More


Emergence: The Hole at the Wheel’s Hub 1

Terrence W. Deacon

in The Re-Emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199544318
eISBN:
9780191701351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544318.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter defines three subcategories of emergent phenomena that can be arranged into a hierarchy of increasing topological complexity. Third-order emergent processes (teleodynamics) require ... More


Concluding Reflections

Eugene Fontinell

in Self, God and Immortality: A Jamesian Investigation

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823220700
eISBN:
9780823284863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823220700.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This concluding chapter explains how it appears that immortality belief and terminality belief have been present in varying degrees of explicitness and with shifting degrees of dominance from the ... More


Conclusion Return to the Garden

in The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226453804
eISBN:
9780226453828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226453828.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter returns to the story of Adam and Eve in the garden, rereads its mythical narrative, and then fashions it anew in an explicitly allegorical fashion; that is, it seeks to transform the ... More


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