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Books on consciousness

A list of books relating to the hard problem of consciousness. Regularly updated cos I keep finding new stuff all the time.


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2020

Francesco Marchi
The Attentional Shaping of Perceptual Experience
(Springer 2020)

This monograph presents a clear account of when and how attentional processes can shape perceptual experience. The argument is based on the prediction-error minimization model of the mind. The author believes that the topic of attention should take a more central role in the debate about the influence of cognition on perception. Inside, he shows how this can be possible. See Springer | Amazon | Google

Jennifer Corns
The Complex Reality of Pain
(Routledge 2020)

This book argues that pain, though real, is not an appropriate object of scientific generalisation nor an appropriate target for medical intervention. Each pain experience is complex and idiosyncratic in a way which undermines scientific utility. Provides an overview of dominant models of pain and develops a novel position on its nature. See Routledge | Amazon | Google

David Christopher Lane (ed.)
The Illuminated Brain: Great Thinkers in Consciousness Studies
(Mt. San Antonio College 2020)

In the last century or so, the study of consciousness has attracted many brilliant thinkers from a wide range of disciplines. The following essays briefly explore the life and work of pioneers in the field, including Giulio Tononi, the Churchlands, Noam Chomsky, Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, and Jean Pierre Changeux, among others. Each entry is written by a separate author. See Amazon

James C. Austin
The Disembodied Mind: An Exploration of Consciousness in the Physical Universe
(Cambridge Scholars 2020)

Can material things be conscious or is the mind separate from physics? Relying more on scientific evidence than philosophical argument, Austin argues for an objective mind unconnected with the physical. The mind has no effect on the physical domain, but, by free volition, navigates its way through a myriad of configurations that constitute the world we experience. See Cambridge Scholars | Amazon | Google