The notion that consciousness is confined to the brain, like software in a computer, has dominated science and philosophy for close to two centuries. Yet, according to this incisive review of contemporary neuroscience from Berkeley philosopher Nöe, the analogy is deeply flawed. In eight illuminating, mercifully jargon-free chapters, he defines what scientists really know about consciousness and makes a strong case that mind and awareness are processes that arise during a dynamic dance with the observer’s surroundings.
What if there is no ghost in the machine?
Savant abilities have defied traditional explanations. Medical clinician Powell suggests the answers lie in parapsychology and the nonlocal mind.
Rapid advances in media and communication technology are rewiring our brains while challenging our capacity to process a relentless onslaught of new stimuli. More than a “stew of electromagnetic noise,” it’s a sign that we’re moving toward cooperative intelligence and planetary cocreation.
For all the promise of neuroscience, there is plenty of peril. While most attention is focused on its positive applications, other more unsettling purposes are quietly moving forward. Are the secrets of the brain falling into the wrong hands?
From the placebo effect and meditating monks to the adolescent brain and food cravings, the tools of neuroscience keep penetrating the nature of being human. And as they do, new insights are revealed about our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
With sensuous and inventive prose, this celebrated author-poet reminds us that the brain is not just a machine to be probed but a phenomenon to be marveled at. A "dream factory," a "chemistry lab," a "hall of mirrors"--the brain and mind beguile us into thinking we know who we are.
The more we know about reality, the more palpable its paradoxes become. The author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist believes that artistic interpretations of scientific ideas and theories offer science a new lens through which to see itself while also furthering our inquiry into the nature of consciousness.
The first report of a series under the Causality Issues in Contemporary Science project, funded in part by the Fetzer Foundation and Laurance S. Rockefeller.
As integrative medicine finds a place on the national health care stage, science has acquired tools to better measure the effectiveness of transformative practices. A close look at three such studies suggests a bright future for alternative and complementary therapies.