The Search for a Scientific State of Consciousness

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(4), 266-267. The reviewer states that important questions addressed in this volume (see record 1996-97651-000) include (a) Are traditional neuroscience and psychological methods sufficient for understanding the nature of consciousness? Are new methods of investigation such as neural network modeling and quantum mechanics likely to enhance our understanding of consciousness? Does the study of consciousness require special and as yet not well specified methods of investigation? (b) What is the purpose of consciousness experience? and (c) How does the brain bind together outputs from various sensory systems to form a unified conscious experience? In this volume of over 50 chapters, contributions by philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists, cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, biochemists, and quantum physicists address these and other questions that relate to the scientific study of consciousness. Although chapters in this volume suggest that consciousness can be studied scientifically, the volume leaves the reader with the impression that the scientific study of the experiential or subjective aspects of consciousness is yet to begin. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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