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Astonishing Hypothesis

Astonishing Hypothesis ebook ISBN: 0684801582
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Francis Crick
Number of Pages: 317 
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Readers will come to appreciate the strength and dignity of Berneta Ringer, a true Western heroine as Doig celebrates his mother's life after finding a cache of her letters, photographs, and childhood writings. It begins with her first winter living in a tent in Montana's Crazy Mountains to the ravages of the Depression on a ranch on Falkner Creek.

The Astonishing Hypothesis

The Astonishing Hypothesis ebook ISBN: 9780671712952
Publisher: Pocket Books
Author: Francis Crick
Number of Pages: 317 
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The Truly Astonishing Hypothesis

The Truly Astonishing Hypothesis ebook ISBN: 9781469905624
Publisher: CreateSpace
Author: John L. Beiswenger
Number of Pages: 82 
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The Truly Astonishing Hypothesis is a non-fiction which collects the Hypothesis from the author's three novels, Link, Village and Bridge, and adds commentary regarding Dr. Francis Crick's book The Astonishing Hypothesis and Jeff Hawkin's brilliant book, On Intelligence. As it says on the back of the book, a hypothesis suggests, it doesn't prove. It should be provisionally accepted as true to see where it leads. The Truly Astonishing Hypothesis suggests answers to these many questions: Who are we? Who is God? Is there life after death? What is the process of dying like? What is really wrong with a cancerous cell? How can the brain recall distant memories instantly? How is extemporaneous speech possible? How are many parts of the neocortex bound together? Do we have a soul? What is the soul? What is the purpose of the soul? If our brain is injured, why can't we recall certain things? How can the DNA in a zygote produce a living, thinking human being? Is there a spiritual state? Why is a chromosome structured the way it is? Do we remember every event in our lives? How can memories be transferred through a transplant? What are ancestral memories? How can savants know what was never experienced by them? Are memories stored in the brain? How is conscious thought possible? How can the brain perform difficult tasks in 100 steps? How does growth and healing occur? What happens at conception? Why do we seem to have some talents of our ancestors? How does a stem cell know what to become? What directs a cell during the division process? Why do we need to sleep? Why do we age? Were we designed to die? What is an out-of-body experience? When are we truly dead? Is it important to avoid radiation? How is the brain far superior to the most powerful computer? What is holding back scientists from discoveries beyond DNA? . . . and more you too will discover once you read the Hypothesis.

Eccentricity in Anthropology

Eccentricity in Anthropology ebook ISBN: 1532660901
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Author: Stephen R. Milford
Number of Pages: 254 
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Eccentricity in Anthropology brings into conversation a constructive, critical interpretation of David Kelsey’s Eccentric Existence with a central—yet often overlooked—debate in theological anthropology: the substantive-relational imago Dei. Milford’s work explores new insights into human identity and dignity. In particular he demonstrates the value of an alternate constructive of humanity in the image of God. This construction utilizes an interpretation of Kelsey’s anthropological formula so as to describe human identity as part of the created order in terms of its myriad features, which are externally rooted. Eccentricity in Anthropology demonstrates that an alternate approach to this debate is possible, and that one can combine important aspects of both substantive and relational thinking. As such, Milford’s work is an important contribution to studies in the doctrine of the imago Dei. Taking Eccentric Existence’s invitation to act as a springboard for further debate seriously, it presents one possible fruitful use of Kelsey’s work to address theological anthropological questions. In a very real sense, this book is both a discussion in systematic theology and at the same time a work in contemporary historical theology.

Science And Theology

Science And Theology ebook ISBN: 0429977050
Publisher: Routledge
Author: Ted Peters
Number of Pages: 268 
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How can we think about God's action in a quantum world of indeterminacy? in a world that began with a Big Bang? in a world in which life evolved and is continually evolving? in a world governed by entropy and heading toward its eventual heat death? These are some of the most perplexing questions that have arisen from the rapid scientific and techno

Stealing from God

Stealing from God ebook ISBN: 1612918042
Publisher: NavPress
Author: Frank Turek
Number of Pages: 304 
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If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Award-winning author Dr. Frank Turek (I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist) will show you how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God in trying to make their case for atheism. If that sounds contradictory, it’s because it is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. In an engaging and memorable way, Stealing from God exposes these intellectual crimes atheists are committing and then provides four powerful reasons for why Christianity is true.

There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Book, Revised and Expanded (Again)

There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Book, Revised and Expanded (Again) ebook ISBN: 1460402049
Publisher: Broadview Press
Author: Robert M. Martin
Number of Pages: 350 
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As this book richly and entertainingly demonstrates, philosophy is as much the search for the right questions as it is the search for the right answers. Robert M. Martin’s popular collection of philosophical puzzles, paradoxes, jokes, and anecdotes is updated and expanded in this third edition, with dozens of new entries.

Brain, Self and Consciousness

Brain, Self and Consciousness ebook ISBN: 8132215818
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Author: Sangeetha Menon
Number of Pages: 214 
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This book discusses consciousness from the perspectives of neuroscience, neuropsychiatry and philosophy. It develops a novel approach in consciousness studies by charting the pathways in which the brain challenges the self and the self challenges the brain. The author argues that the central issue in brain studies is to explain the unity, continuity, and adherence of experience, whether it is sensory or mental awareness, phenomenal- or self-consciousness. To address such a unity is to understand mutual challenges that the brain and the self pose for each other. The fascinating discussions that this book presents are: How do the brain and self create the conspiracy of experience where the physicality of the brain is lost in the subjectivity of the self?

Shaping Our Selves

Shaping Our Selves ebook ISBN: 0190211776
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Erik Parens
Number of Pages: 192 
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When bioethicists debate the use of technologies like surgery and pharmacology to shape our selves, they are, ultimately, debating what it means for human beings to flourish. They are debating what makes animals like us truly happy, and whether the technologies at issue will bring us closer to or farther from such happiness. The positions that participants adopt in debates regarding such ancient and fundamental questions are often polarized, and cannot help but be deeply personal. It is no wonder that the debates are sometimes acrimonious. How, then, should critics of and enthusiasts about technological self-transformation move forward? Based on his experience at the oldest free-standing bioethics research institute in the world, Erik Parens proposes a habit of thinking, which he calls "binocular." As our brains integrate slightly different information from our two eyes to achieve depth of visual perception, we need to try to integrate greatly different insights on the two sides of the debates about technologically shaping our selves-if depth of intellectual understanding is what we are after. Binocular thinking lets us benefit from the insights that are visible from the stance of the enthusiast, who emphasizes that using technology to creatively transform our selves will make us happier, and to benefit from the insights that are visible from the stance of the critic, who emphasizes that learning to let our selves be will make us happier. Parens observes that in debates as personal as these, we all-critics and enthusiasts alike-give reasons that we are partial to. In the throes of our passion to make our case, we exaggerate our insights and all-too-often fall into the conceptual traps that language sets for us. Foolishly, we make conceptual choices that no one who truly wanted understanding would accept: Are technologies value-free or value-laden? Are human beings by nature creators or creatures? Is disability a medical or a social phenomenon? Indeed, are we free or determined? Parens explains how participating in these debates for two decades helped him articulate the binocular habit of thinking that is better at benefiting from the insights in both poles of those binaries than was the habit of thinking he originally brought to the debates. Finally, Parens celebrates that bioethics doesn't aspire only to deeper thinking, but also to better acting. He embraces not only the intellectual aspiration to think deeply about meaning questions that don't admit of final answers, but also the ethical demand to give clear answers to practical questions. To show how to respect both that aspiration and that demand, the book culminates in the description of a process of truly informed consent, in the context of one specific form of using technology to shape our selves: families making decisions about appearance normalizing surgeries for children with atypical bodies.

From Axons to Identity: Neurological Explorations of the Nature of the Self (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

From Axons to Identity: Neurological Explorations of the Nature of the Self (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) ebook ISBN: 0393072940
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Author: Todd E. Feinberg
Number of Pages: 288 
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A leading neuroscientist offers an intriguing scientific journey to understanding the neurobiology of the self. What can dementia, delusions, and other neurological disorders teach us about how the brain creates personal identity and a unified sense of self? Here, a leading neurobiologist offers an intriguing scientific approach to understanding the neurobiology of the self. Drawing on both the latest neuroscientific research, as well as the author's decades of experience with neurological patients, From Axons to Identity examines the link between brain and identity in fascinating new ways. Dr. Feinberg presents case studies of individuals with brain pathologies and unusual psychiatric syndromes that cause them to deny parts of their bodies or believe in the presence of mysterious imposters or imaginary friends, and then presents a groundbreaking new theory of these conditions that relates them to the normal course of psychological development. By examining what goes wrong in individuals with these conditions, Dr. Feinberg presents an engaging new theory with far-reaching implications for the link between brain and identity. From Axons to Identity proposes a new view of the processes of the brain and the self that is unique and revelatory.

Stairway to the Mind

Stairway to the Mind ebook ISBN: 9780387943817
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Author: Alwyn Scott
Number of Pages: 229 
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Human consciousness has perplexed philosophers, artists and scientists for centuries. Some hold it to be purely physical, while others believe it transcends the material world. Now comes a book that offers a new perspective - based entirely on evidence from the natural sciences - whereby materialism and dualism co-exist. The author - a distinguished pioneer of nonlinear dynamics - bases his argument on a hierarchical view of mental organization; a stairway. Atoms give rise to molecules, neurons form the brain and individual consciousness leads to shared culture. All steps are needed to complete the picture and each level derives from the previous one. The book shows specialists how each of their fields adds to the overall picture, while providing general readers with an introduction to this investigation.

Brain Mystery Light and Dark

Brain Mystery Light and Dark ebook ISBN: 1134678827
Publisher: Routledge
Author: Charles Don Keyes
Number of Pages: 184 
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Brain Mystery Light and Dark examines scientific models of how the brain becomes conscious and argues that the spiritual dimension of life is compatible with the main scientific theories. Keyes shows us that the belief in the unity of mind and brain does not necessarily undermine aesthetic, religious, and ethical beliefs.

Une même éthique pour tous ?

Une même éthique pour tous ? ebook ISBN: 2738179525
Publisher: Odile Jacob
Author: Jean-Pierre Changeux
Number of Pages: 228 
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Les sociétés contemporaines bénéficient des progrès de la connaissance scientifique et du développement des nouvelles technologies, tout particulièrement de la biologie et de la médecine. Elles restent cependant la proie de graves conflits économiques ou culturels à travers le monde, et le souci de définir les règles de conduite qui s'appliquent à l'humanité tout entière devient chaque jour plus vif. Mais est-ce possible sans imposer une uniformité qui abolisse les différences ? Comment envisager qu'une société juste et stable, constituée de citoyens libres et égaux, mais divisés par leurs doctrines orales, philosophiques et religieuses,incompatibles entre elles bien que raisonnables, puisse exister et se perpétuer ? Peut-on éduquer à la tolérance et comment ? Quel rôle doivent être amenés à jouer les comités d'éthique dans cette perspective ?Avec les contributions de Henri Atlan, Camilo J. Cela-Conde, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Olivier de Dinechin S. J., François Dubet, Anne Fagot-Largeault, Luc Ferry, Françoise Héritier,Jacques Mehler, Ali Mérad, Franck Ramus, Lucien Sève.

Cerveau de soi, Cerveau de l'autre

Cerveau de soi, Cerveau de l'autre ebook ISBN: 2738180809
Publisher: Odile Jacob
Author: Pierre Buser
Number of Pages: 432 
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Comment sait-on que l'autre a des représentations ? Comment sait-on que ces mots articulés que nous entendons expriment des représentations qui habitent le cerveau de l'autre ? Nous ne pouvons attribuer au cerveau de l'autre que des représentations que nous avons déjà dans le nôtre... Ce problème est l'un des nombreux sujets de discussion et de recherche en sciences cognitives que ce livre présente avec tous les arguments enjeu. L'auteur donne en outre une théorie plurielle de l'inconscient - cognitif et affectif - qui éclaire d'un jour nouveau cette question. Neurobiologiste, professeur émérite de neurosciences à l'université Paris-VI, Pierre Buser est membre de l'Académie des Sciences.

The Awakened Ones

The Awakened Ones ebook ISBN: 0231527306
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Number of Pages: 672 
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While a rational consciousness grasps many truths, Gananath Obeyesekere believes an even richer knowledge is possible through a bold confrontation with the stuff of visions and dreams. Spanning both Buddhist and European forms of visionary experience, he fearlessly pursues the symbolic, nonrational depths of such phenomena, reawakening the intuitive, creative impulses that power greater understanding. Throughout his career, Obeyesekere has combined psychoanalysis and anthropology to illuminate the relationship between personal symbolism and religious experience. In this book, he begins with Buddha's visionary trances wherein, over the course of four hours, he witnesses hundreds of thousands of his past births and eons of world evolution, renewal, and disappearance. He then connects this fracturing of empirical and visionary time to the realm of space, considering the experience of a female Christian penitent, who stares devotedly at a tiny crucifix only to see the space around it expand to mirror Christ's suffering. Obeyesekere follows the unconscious motivations underlying rapture, the fantastical consumption of Christ's body and blood, and body mutilation and levitation, bridging medieval Catholicism and the movements of early modern thought as reflected in William Blake's artistic visions and poetic dreams. He develops the term "dream-ego" through a discussion of visionary journeys, Carl Jung's and Sigmund Freud's scientific dreaming, and the cosmic and erotic dream-visions of New Age virtuosos, and he defines the parameters of a visionary mode of knowledge that provides a more elastic understanding of truth. A career-culminating work, this volume translates the epistemology of Hindu and Buddhist thinkers for western audiences while revitalizing western philosophical and scientific inquiry.

Human Nature

Human Nature ebook ISBN: 1932031960
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
Author: Malcolm Jeeves
Number of Pages: 245 
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Malcolm Jeeves, former editor-in-chief of Neuropsychologia, a leading international scientific journal in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, explores the intersection of science and faith in defining what it means to be human. He reports on recent scientific research on consciousness and the link between mind, brain, and behavior. He examines issues such as determinism by indicating the possible relevance of chaos theory to enduring concerns about freedom and responsibility. He looks at similarities and differences between human nature and animal nature. He reexamines traditional dualist views of soul and body in the light of contemporary research on mind and brain and argues for a wholistic model. This leads to addressing questions such as: Does spiritual awareness depend on the intactness of our brains or does spirituality stand apart from our biological substrate? This book: Responds to scientific developments in psychology and neuroscience from the perspective of a person with Christian faith; Relates scientific research on the mind, brain, and behavior to Christian beliefs such as moral choice and responsibility; Malcolm Jeeves is an internationally recognized researcher in neuropsychology.

Brain, Body, and Mind

Brain, Body, and Mind ebook ISBN: 9780199875894
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Walter Glannon
Number of Pages: 272 
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This book is a discussion of the most timely and contentious issues in the two branches of neuroethics: the neuroscience of ethics; and the ethics of neuroscience. Drawing upon recent work in psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery, it develops a phenomenologically inspired theory of neuroscience to explain the brain-mind relation. The idea that the mind is shaped not just by the brain but also by the body and how the human subject interacts with the environment has significant implications for free will, moral responsibility, and moral justification of actions. It also provides a better understanding of how different interventions in the brain can benefit or harm us. In addition, the book discusses brain imaging techniques to diagnose altered states of consciousness, deep-brain stimulation to treat neuropsychiatric disorders, and restorative neurosurgery for neurodegenerative diseases. It examines the medical and ethical trade-offs of these interventions in the brain when they produce both positive and negative physical and psychological effects, and how these trade-offs shape decisions by physicians and patients about whether to provide and undergo them.

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology ebook ISBN: 1118591313
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Author: Harris L. Friedman,Glenn Hartelius
Number of Pages: 744 
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The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology presents the most inclusive resource yet published on this topic - which seeks to benefit humanity by integrating ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. Features the work of more than fifty leading voices in the field, creating the most comprehensive survey of transpersonal psychology yet published Includes emerging and established perspectives Charts the breadth and diversity of the transpersonal landscape Covers topics including shamanism, neurobiology, holotropic states, transpersonal experiences, and more

Toward a Science of Consciousness II

Toward a Science of Consciousness II ebook ISBN: 9780262082624
Publisher: MIT Press
Author: Stuart R. Hameroff,Alfred W. Kaszniak,Alwyn Scott
Number of Pages: 764 
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This text originates from the second of two conferences discussing the concept of consciousness. In 15 sections, this book demonstrates the broad range of fields now focusing on consciousness.