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Rethinking Consciousness

A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience

Michael S A Graziano

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Norton
21 May 2021
Illuminating his groundbreaking theory of consciousness known as the attention schema theory, Michael S. A. Graziano traces the evolution of the mind over millions of years with examples from the natural world, to show how neurons first allowed animals to develop simple forms of attention and then to construct awareness of the external world and of the self. Graziano draws from his and other scientists' research to explore how this sense of a conscious self led to empathy and made us social beings. His theory has fascinating implications for the future: it may point the way to engineers for building consciousness artificially, and even someday taking the natural consciousness of a person and uploading it into a machine for a digital afterlife.
By:   Michael S A Graziano
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   180g
ISBN:   9780393541342
ISBN 10:   0393541347
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   21 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael S. A. Graziano is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University. The author of four previous neuroscience books, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Reviews for Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience

Rethinking Consciousness is a very accessible work of science popularisation. There's limited jargon and Graziano guides the reader with numerous pop culture references and helpful analogies. -- Prospect Graziano's attention schema theory marks a milestone by offering a plausible, mechanistic answer to the hard problem [of consciousness]. -- Aaron Schurger - Science


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