Consciousness and Human Identity: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Boden, Maggie (1998) Consciousness and Human Identity: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. In: Cornwall, J (ed.) Consciousness and Human Identity. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198503231

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An examination of whether or not the nature of consciousness and human identify can be explained using scientific methodology and neurobiological technology. Until recently, the vast complexity of the brain has kept researchers from tackling the thorny topic of consciousness. But now, new imaging techniques are revealing many of the brain's mysteries to neuroscientists, while researchers in the field of artificial intelligence believe they soon might replicate consciousness with silicon and circuitry. Meanwhile, philosophers take issue with this scientific methodology, questioning whether a reductionist approach can really solve the holistic relationship between mind and brain. These approaches are debated in Consciousness and Human Identity by leading figures from such diverse fields as psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, cognitive science, theology, and artificial intelligence. Each contributor brings the insights of their field of study to the debate. Contributors include John Searle, Margaret Boden, Steven Rose, and Olaf Sporns. John Cornwell, the editor, is the former features editor of the Observer, a frequent contributor to the Sunday Times, and currently runs The Science and Human Dimension Project at Jesus College. The project's aims is to stimulate debate between science and the arts and humanities.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Maggie Boden
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:59
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 15:47
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