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Consciousness Transitions


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A unique collection of the state-of-the-art of this young field of consciousness studies.

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Preface Contributors 1. Beyond Cognition - On Consciousness Transitions (P. Arhem and H. Liljenstroem) 2. The Remote Roots of Consciousness in Fruit-fly Selective Attention (B. van Swinderen) 3. The Evolution of Consciousness in Animals (R.V. Rial, M.C. Nicolau, A. Gamundi, M. Akaarir, C. Garau and S. Esteban) 4. On the Origin of Consciousness - Some Amniote Scenarios (P. Arhem, I. Lindahl, P. Manger and A. Butler) 5. A Bird's Eye View of Consciousness (E. MacPhail) 6. The Molecular Biology of Consciousness Investigated with Genetically Modified Mice (J-P. Changeux) 7. The Emergence of Consciousness in the Fetus and the Newborn (H. Lagercrantz) 8. An Inside-Out Paradigm for Consciousness and Intelligence (R. Cotterill) 9. Consciousness Without a Cerebral Cortex (B. Merker) 10. Three Types of State Transition Underlying Perception (W.J. Freeman) 11. Conscious Contents Provide and Coherent Global Information (B. Baars) 12. Evolutionary and Developmental Aspects of Intersubjectivity (P. Gardenfors) 13. The Phenomenon of Consciousness from a Popperian Perspective (P. Munz) Index

About the Author

Hans Liljenstroem is Professor at the Department of Biometry and Engineering, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden. His main research concerns mathematical and computational modelling of biological/neural systems and processes at different organisational scales. He has a long-standing interest in the brain-mind relation, and has co-edited several books and special issues on this topic. Peter Arhem is Professor at the Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology and Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. His research covers philosophical and neurophysiological aspects on the brain-mind problem, electrophysiological, biophysical, molecular and theoretical aspects on anesthesia and nerve cell function. Beside scientific articles he has also published on cultural and philosophical matters for a wider public.

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