The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory
What is consciousness? How do physical processes in the brain give rise to the self-aware mind and to feelings as profoundly varied as love or hate, aesthetic pleasure or spiritual yearning? These questions today are among the most hotly debated issues among scientists and philosophers, and we have seen in recent years superb volumes by such eminent figures as Francis Crick, Daniel C. Dennett, Gerald Edelman, and Roger Penrose, all firing volleys in what has come to be called the consciousness wars. Now, in The Conscious Mind, philosopher David J. Chalmers offers a cogent analysis of this heated debate as he unveils a major new theory of consciousness, one that rejects the prevailing reductionist trend of science, while offering provocative insights into the relationship between mind and brain.
Writing in a rigorous, thought-provoking style, the author takes us on a far-reaching tour through the philosophical ramifications of consciousness. Chalmers convincingly reveals how contemporary cognitive science and neurobiology have failed to explain how and why mental events emerge from physiological occurrences in the brain. He proposes instead that conscious experience must be understood in an entirely new light--as an irreducible entity (similar to such physical properties as time, mass, and space) that exists at a fundamental level and cannot be understood as the sum of its parts. And after suggesting some intriguing possibilities about the structure and laws of conscious experience, he details how his unique reinterpretation of the mind could be the focus of a new science. Throughout the book, Chalmers provides fascinating thought experiments that trenchantly illustrate his ideas. For example, in exploring the notion that consciousness could be experienced by machines as well as humans, Chalmers asks us to imagine a thinking brain in which neurons are slowly replaced by silicon chips that precisely duplicate their functions--as the neurons are replaced, will consciousness gradually fade away? The book also features thoughtful discussions of how the author's theories might be practically applied to subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence and the interpretation of quantum mechanics.
All of us have pondered the nature and meaning of consciousness. Engaging and penetrating, The Conscious Mind adds a fresh new perspective to the subject that is sure to spark debate about our understanding of the mind for years to come.
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Only the cognitive mind can be explained reductively; phenomenal consciousness is a non-physical feature of the natural world. Read full review
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Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings
David John Chalmers
No preview available - 2002
Two Concepts of Mind
2 The phenomenal and the psychological concepts of mind
3 The double life of mental terms
4 The two mindbody problems
5 Two concepts of consciousness
Supervenience and Explanation
2 Reductive explanation
3 Logical supervenience and reductive explanation
2 Principles of coherence
3 More on the notion of awareness
4 The explanatory role of coherence principles
5 Coherence as a psychophysical law
Absent Qualia Fading Qualia Dancing Qualia
2 Absent qualia
3 Fading qualia
4 Inverted qualia
4 Conceptual truth and necessary truth
5 Almost everything is logically supervenient on the physical
Can Consciousness Reductively Explained?
2 The failure of reductive explanation
3 Cognitive modeling
4 Neurobiological explanation
5 The appeal to new physics
6 Evolutionary explanation
7 Whither reductive explanation?
2 Objections from a posteriori necessity
3 Other arguments for dualism
4 Is this epiphenomenalism?
5 The logical geography of the issues
6 Reflections on naturalistic dualism
The Paradox of Phenomenal Judgment
2 The paradox of phenomenal judgment
3 On explaining phenomenal judgments
4 Arguments against explanatory irrelevance
5 The Argument from selfknowledge
6 The argument from memory
7 The argument from reference
8 The content of phenomenal beliefs
The Coherence Between Consciousness and Cognition
5 Dancing qualia
6 Nonreductive functionalism
Consciousness and Information Some Speculation
2 Aspects of information
3 Some supporting arguments
4 Is experience ubiquitous?
5 The metaphysics of information
6 Open questions
Strong Artificial Intelligence
2 On implementing a computation
3 In defense of strong AI
4 The Chinese room and other objections
5 External objections
The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
2 The framework of quantum mechanics
3 Interpreting quantum mechanics
4 The Everett interpretation
5 Objections to the Everett interpretation
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