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Consciousness Transitions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444529770, 9780080554631

Consciousness Transitions

1st Edition

Phylogenetic, Ontogenetic and Physiological Aspects

Editors: Hans Liljenström Peter Århem
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444529770
eBook ISBN: 9780080554631
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 6th November 2007
Page Count: 348
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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.

Key Features

  • First book on the topic
  • Focus on different levels of consciousness, including: Evolutionary, developmental, and functional
  • Highly interdisciplinary


This book is suitable for academics, students, graduate students and philosophers. It is also suitable for general educated readership and libraries.

Table of Contents

Preface Contributors

  1. 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


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About the Editors

Hans Liljenström

Hans Liljenström 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Agora for Biosystems, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sigtuna, Sweden

Peter Århem

Peter Århem 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Agora for Biosystems, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sigtuna, Sweden

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