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Consciousness Evolving.

Author/Creator:
Fetzer, James H.
Publication:
Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2002.
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Book
1 online resource (273 pages)
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Subjects:
Consciousness.
Evolution.
Consciousness -- Physiological aspects.
Evolution (Biology).
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
A collection of stimulating studies on the past, the present, and the future of consciousness, Consciousness Evolving contributes to understanding some of the most important conceptual problems of our time. The advent of the modern synthesis together with the human genome project affords a platform for considering what it is that makes humans distinctive. Beginning with an essay that accents the nature of the problem within a behavioristic framework and concluding with reflections on the prospects for a form of immortality through serial cloning, the chapters are divided into three sections, which concern how and why consciousness may have evolved, special capacities involving language, creativity, and mentality as candidates for evolved adaptations, and the prospects for artificial evolution though the design of robots with specific forms of consciousness and mind. This volume should appeal to every reader who wants to better understand the human species, including its distinctive properties and its place in nature. (Series A).
Contents:
Consciousness Evolving
Editorial page
Title page
LCC data
To Greg Mulhauser
Contents
Contributors
Introduction
Prologue
Turing indistinguishability and the blind watchmaker
Part 1: Natural consciousness
Consciousness, adaptation and epiphenomenalism
The functions of consciousness
Sensations and grain processes
Part 2: Special adaptations
Evolution, consciousness and the language of thought
Why did evolution engineer consciousness?
Nothing without mind
Part 3: Artificial consciousness
Studying the emergence of grounded representations
Ago Ergo Sum
Evolving robot consciousness
Epilogue
The future with cloning
Subject index
Name index
Advances In Consciousness Research.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Fetzer, James H. Consciousness Evolving
ISBN:
9789027297907
9789027251541
OCLC:
705531043