Consciousness Transitions

Phylogenetic, Ontogenetic and Physiological Aspects

Edited by

  • Hans Liljenström, Agora for Biosystems, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sigtuna, Sweden
  • Peter Århem, Agora for Biosystems, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sigtuna, Sweden

It was not long ago when the consciousness was not considered a problem for science. However, this has now changed and the problem of consciousness is considered the greatest challenge to science. In the last decade, a great number of books and articles have been published in the field, but very few have focused on the how consciousness evolves and develops, and what characterizes the transitions between different conscious states, in animals and humans. This book addresses these questions. Renowned researchers from different fields of science (including neurobiology, evolutionary biology, ethology, cognitive science, computational neuroscience and philosophy) contribute with their results and theories in this book, making it a unique collection of the state-of-the-art of this young field of consciousness studies.
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This book is suitable for academics, students, graduate students and philosophers. It is also suitable for general educated readership and libraries.


Book information

  • Published: November 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52977-0

Table of Contents

Preface Contributors1. Beyond Cognition - On Consciousness Transitions (P. Århem and H. Liljenström)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. Gamundí, M. Akaârir, C. Garau and S. Esteban)4. On the Origin of Consciousness - Some Amniote Scenarios (P. Århem, 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. Gärdenfors)13. The Phenomenon of Consciousness from a Popperian Perspective (P. Munz)Index