Closer to Truth: Challenging Current Belief by Robert L. Kuhn

By Robert L. Kuhn

The main state of the art rules of at the present time are being generated from the clinical group. Now greater than ever, scientists are achieving out to the overall viewers, looking automobiles wherein they could converse their progressive principles. Harnessing the highbrow strength of greater than 50 of our such a lot influential and uncommon scientists, students and thinkers, this booklet demanding situations present trust and traditional knowledge, to hunt "truth" anywhere it can be chanced on. this is often the 1st in a sequence of annual spouse books. starting in th early spring of 2000, this tv sequence provides 28 30 minutes episodes in 5 different types: mind and brain, future health and intercourse; creativity and pondering, expertise and society, and universe and that means. The ebook might be organised in response to episode, with 28 chapters making as much as five sections. In every one episode, moderator Robert Lawrence Kuhn enables and synthesises a full of life round-table dialogue of present day so much profound concerns. awarded right here in transcript, every one bankruptcy is going additional than the tv convey, with remark by way of Kuhn, and extra discussion and "out-takes" now not to be had on television. With bios putting every one contributor into the "big photograph" context, this paintings is a veritable who is Who of our most famous students and the place they stand at the "knowledge" matters which are most crucial this day. every year, as a brand new season of the tv sequence airs, we'll current a brand new quantity of "Closer Truth", the spouse ebook, construction a complete library. those books, just like the television sequence, will entertain, enlighten and encourage whereas revealing the mysteries of brain, subject, and the that means of all of it.

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Your paradigm ain’t big enough. 25 species. Barry [Beyerstein], describe briefly the relationship between the human brain and the brains of chimps or dolphins. B A R R Y: The basic floor plan of the mam- malian brain is remarkably similar, from the human brain down through the rest of the mammalian chain. But what differentiates human brains from the brains of other animals is probably the most interesting part—and, I think, one of the most profound pieces of evidence in favor of the idea that the brain is the organ of consciousness.

That’s what’s inter- esting about them. Zombies are hypothetical creatures. They’re physically identical to you and me; they look the same. They walk, they talk, they behave; they’re incredibly sophisticated, just like we are—but they aren’t conscious. They have no inner lives, no awareness, no subjective experiences. This is what makes these strange, spooky beings zombies. Again, the interesting thing about zombies is that they don’t exist. We’re not zombies. And that’s precisely what we want a science of consciousness to explain.

PA RT O N E BRAIN & MIND Cerebreactors: Powers of the Mind and Brain and Intuition in Moments of Cerebral Fusion. ) This page intentionally left blank. CHAPTER 1 What Is Consciousness? A re you conscious? How do you know? What is consciousness—our thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams; the hidden voice of our private selves; our inner identity? What might consciousness consist of? All of us think we can understand consciousness, but none of us can explain it—therein lies its mystery. Think about yourself reading these words, and at the same time, observe yourself thinking.

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