Imperative Life Questions of Truth and Consciousness:A Journey That Is Ever Changing. . . But Never Ending Kevin McCorkle, Stephen Williams
Born with a Question Mark in Your Heart continues the Authentic Living series by Osho with talks by the contemporary mystic during his stay in the United States. Osho says: ´´It is fortunate that man is born with a question mark, otherwise he would be just another species of animal.´´ ´´Questions are there - man is born with questions, with a big question mark in his heart - and it is good.´´ These questions are driving human exploration to find out who we actually are. No ready-made answer given by priests, politicians, teachers, or parents can find the answer. This series of talks supports a radical questioning of traditional belief systems in religious, political, and social dimensions. Here Osho encourages listeners to ask questions that are immediate and existentially significant - not borrowed or intellectual questions, but questions with an existential significance. Born with a Question Mark in Your Heart promotes personal transformation through experience and spirituality without organized religion. Other titles in the Authentic Living series: Danger: Truth at Work; The Magic of Self-Respect; The Beauty of the Human Soul Chapter Titles: Chapter 1: Man Is Born With a Question Mark in His Heart Chapter 2: To Define Is to Confine - Existence Has No Boundaries Chapter 3: Beware! I Am Here to Destroy Your Dreams Chapter 4: Jealousy: Society´s Device to Divide and Rule Chapter 5: The Odyssey of Aloneness Chapter 6: Anxiety or Anguish? Chapter 7: The Enlightened Fragrance of Revolution Chapter 8: A Womb for Transformation Chapter 9: A Conspiracy of the Priests to Manipulate Your Mind Chapter 10: An Outsider, Just a Guest 1. Language: English. Narrator: OSHO. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/osho/000019/sp_osho_000019_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his previous books, Oliver Sacks had addressed questions of the brain and mind through the lens of case histories of individuals with neurological disorders. Recently, however, he had been reflecting on his experiences with such patients in the context of a lifetime of medical practice, and in light of recent neuroscientific evidence and theories. The River of Consciousness will be a broader and more direct look at how the brain and mind work, as always, incorporating Sacks´ rich historical and personal context. Advances in neuroscience have revolutionized our ability to visualize the brain in action. For the first time we are able to close the gap between the philosophical questions which have consumed the world´s thinkers since the eighteenth century and the true physiological basis of perception and consciousness. In The River of Consciousness, Sacks will examine questions of memory, time, and consciousness. How do we think, how do we remember? Do different individuals have different speeds or ways of thinking? Is memory reliable? How do the neural correlates of memory differ for true memories and false memories? How do we construct our sense of time, our visual world? What is consciousness, neurologically speaking? And most importantly, what is creativity? Sacks completed the research for this book before he died, and with instructions on how it was to be put together. This is a remarkable culmination of a lifetime´s research into the way the brain works.
The second edition of The Neurology of Consciousness is a comprehensive update of this ground-breaking work on human consciousness, the first book in this area to summarize the neuroanatomical and functional underpinnings of consciousness by emphasizing a lesional approach offered by the study of neurological patients. Since the publication of the first edition in 2009, new methodologies have made consciousness much more accessible scientifically, and, in particular, the study of disorders, disruptions, and disturbances of consciousness has added tremendously to our understanding of the biological basis of human consciousness. The publication of a new edition is both critical and timely for continued understanding of the field of consciousness. In this critical and timely update, revised and new contributions by internationally renowned researchers-edited by the leaders in the field of consciousness research-provide a unique and comprehensive focus on human consciousness. The new edition of The Neurobiology of Consciousness will continue to be an indispensable resource for researchers and students working on the cognitive neuroscience of consciousness and related disorders, as well as for neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists contemplating consciousness as one of the philosophical, ethical, sociological, political, and religious questions of our time. New chapters on the neuroanatomical basis of consciousness and short-term memory, and expanded coverage of comas and neuroethics, including the ethics of brain death The first comprehensive, authoritative collection to describe disorders of consciousness and how they are used to study and understand the neural correlates of conscious perception in humans. Includes both revised and new chapters from the top international researchers in the field, including Christof Koch, Marcus Raichle, Nicholas Schiff, Joseph Fins, and Michael Gazzaniga
´Fascinating´ Daily Telegraph ´Profoundly moving´ Observer Two weeks before his death, Oliver Sacks outlined the contents of The River of Consciousness, the last book he would oversee. The bestselling author of On the Move, Musicophilia, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, Sacks is known for his illuminating case histories about people living with neurological conditions at the far borderlands of human experience. But his grasp of science was not restricted to neuroscience or medicine; he was fascinated by the issues, ideas, and questions of all the sciences. That wide-ranging expertise and passion informs the perspective of this book, in which he interrogates the nature not only of human experience but of all life. Here, Dr Sacks takes on evolution, botany, chemistry, medicine, neuroscience, and the arts, and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes - above all, Darwin, Freud, and William James. For Sacks, these thinkers were constant companions from an early age; the questions they explored - the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness - lie at the heart of science and of this book. The River of Consciousness demonstrates Sacks´s unparalleled ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless endeavour to understand what makes us human.
Some of our most burning questions surround consciousness: What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Is consciousness itself an illusion? The rapid rate of developments in brain science continues to open up debate on these issues. This book clarifies the complex arguments and illuminates the major theories on consciousness.
AN IDEAL STOCKING FILLER FOR ANY SCIENCE LOVER. Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES. ____________ Are other animals, or even plants, conscious? Can we create conscious robots? Are we able to assume the consciousness of someone else? We all experience the world differently. REALITY is shaped by our individual memories. So we respond to THE WORLD in our own ways. Our UNIQUE EXPERIENCE underpins what it means to be CONSCIOUS. This raises so many questions such as where does consciousness live? And what is it for? Discover the answers and more inside Hannah Critchlow´s Ladybird Expert - Consciousness, the thrilling and accessible account that explains what it means to be conscious - from what defines it, to questioning the existence of free will.
Global Workspace Theory (GWT) began with this question: ´´How does a serial, integrated and very limited stream of consciousness emerge from a nervous system that is mostly unconscious, distributed, parallel and of enormous capacity?´´ GWT provides one useful simplifying framework for the role of conscious and unconscious experiences in the functioning of the brain. A set of explicit assumptions that can be tested, as many of them have been. These updated works, from the INNS 2019 Hermann von Helmholtz Life Contribution Award recipient, form a coherent effort to organize a large and growing body of scientific evidence about conscious brains. Global Workspace Theory from soup to nuts. Witness some of the field´s most exciting breakthroughs that illuminate the questions - What difference does consciousness make? What are its properties? What role does it play in the nervous system? How do conscious brain functions differ from unconscious ones? Unfolding in 4 sections spanning 1988 - 2013, Part III is the updated edition of Baars´ acclaimed A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness, of which DanielDennett described as ´´A clear-eyed, open-minded analysis of the problems of consciousness, and a wide-ranging synthesis of a variety of approaches. For those who want to join the race to model consciousness, this is the starting line.´´ Empirical progress since the 1980s has been spectacular. It therefore seems timely to republish successive stages of evidence & theory of the brain´s global workspace - covering 30 years during which consciousness re-emerged from decades of neglect. In traditional scientific fashion, our basic evidence remains stable while ideas continue to evolve. How can we understand the evidence? The best answer today is a ´global workspace architecture,´ first developed by cognitive modeling groups led by Alan Newell and Herbert A. Simon. The term ´´global workspace´´ comes from Artificial Intelligence, where it refers to a fleeting memory domain that allows for cooperative problem-solving by large collections of specialized programs. Global Workspace Theory (GWT) therefore assumes that the brain can be viewed as a ´´society of mind.´´ Global Workspace (GW) theory provides the most useful framework to date for our rapidly accumulating body of evidence. It is consistent with our current knowledge, and can be enriched to include other aspects of human experience. Stan Franklin and his co-workers have built on GWT to sketch out a more general theory of cognition - LIDA: Cognitive Architecture´s Computational Implementation of GWT. Stanislas Dehaene and Jean-Pierre Changeux in Paris developed experimentally testable models, making further testable claims about the brain basis of visual consciousness - The Dehaene-Changeux Model (DCM): Global Neuronal Workspace is Part of GWT. Global Workspace Dynamics (GWD) is the most current version of GWT - attempting to account for complexities of the living brain. These updated works trace the beginnings of GWT/GWD through the continued rise of brain evidence and psychological understanding. Nobel Laureate in Physics, Brian D. Josephson, describes Baars´ related book as ´´An impressive tour, centered around the question of what we might be able to discover scientifically regarding the role played by conscious experience in the functioning of the mind.´´ Baars´ paradigm changing, long lasting influence and impact in perception belongs on bookshelves of every reader serious about understanding mind, brain, and behavior.
The Self in Question:Memory, The Body and Self-Consciousness A. Hamilton