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The Neuroscience of Consciousness

Kieran Laird

in The Political Mind

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748623860
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652808 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623860.003.0001
The Neuroscience of Consciousness

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This chapter introduces the neuropsychological work on consciousness and nonconsciousness, and looks at how conceptions of consciousness have evolved over the years. It discusses historical trends in the theory of the unconscious; the supernatural unconscious; the natural unconscious; the mechanical unconscious; the nonconscious: Libet and the mysterious half-second; and Gazzaniga and LeDoux.

Keywords: consciousness; nonconsciousness; supernatural unconscious; mechanical unconscious; mysterious half-second

Chapter.  9099 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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