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The Resource The ancient origins of consciousness : how the brain created experience, Todd E. Feinberg, and Jon M. Mallatt

The ancient origins of consciousness : how the brain created experience, Todd E. Feinberg, and Jon M. Mallatt

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The ancient origins of consciousness : how the brain created experience
Title
The ancient origins of consciousness
Title remainder
how the brain created experience
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Todd E. Feinberg, and Jon M. Mallatt
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Language
eng
Summary
How is consciousness created? When did it first appear on Earth, and how did it evolve? What constitutes consciousness, and which animals can be said to be sentient? In this book, Todd Feinberg and Jon Mallatt draw on recent scientific findings to answer these question about the nature of consciousness: How does the material brain create subjective experience? After assembling a list of the biological and neurobiological features that seem responsible for consciousness, and considering the fossil record of evolution, Feinberg and Mallett argue that consciousness appeared much earlier in evolutionary history than is commonly assumed. About 520 to 560 million years ago, they explain, the great "Cambrian explosion" of animal diversity produced the first complex brains, which were accompanied by the first appearance of consciousness; simple reflexive behaviors evolved into a unified inner world of subjective experiences. From this they deduce that all vertebrates are and have always been conscious - not just humans and other mammals, but also every fish, reptile, amphibian, and bird. Considering invertebrates, they find that arthropods (including insects and probably crustaceans) and cephalopods (including the octopus) meet many of the criteria for consciousness. The obvious and conventional wisdom-shattering implication is that consciousness evolved simultaneously but independently in the first vertebrates and possibly arthropods more than half a billion years ago. Combining evolutionary, neurobiological, and philosophical approaches allows Feinberg and Mallatt to offer an original solution to the "hard problem" of consciousness. -- from dust jacket
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Feinberg, Todd E
Dewey number
612.8/233
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Mallatt, Jon
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  • Consciousness
  • Brain
  • Brain
  • Consciousness
  • Consciousness
  • Brain
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The ancient origins of consciousness : how the brain created experience, Todd E. Feinberg, and Jon M. Mallatt
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The mystery of subjectivity -- The general biological and special neurobiological features of conscious animals -- The birth of brains -- The Cambrian explosion -- Consciousness gets a head start : vertebrate brains, vision, and the Cambrian birth of the mental image -- Two-step evolution of sensory consciousness in vertebrates -- Searching for sentience : feelings -- Finding sentience -- Does consciousness need a backbone? -- Neurobiological naturalism : a consilience
Control code
1667708
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 366 pages
Isbn
9780262034333
Lccn
2015038381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025964243
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780262034333
  • (OCoLC)928113919
Label
The ancient origins of consciousness : how the brain created experience, Todd E. Feinberg, and Jon M. Mallatt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The mystery of subjectivity -- The general biological and special neurobiological features of conscious animals -- The birth of brains -- The Cambrian explosion -- Consciousness gets a head start : vertebrate brains, vision, and the Cambrian birth of the mental image -- Two-step evolution of sensory consciousness in vertebrates -- Searching for sentience : feelings -- Finding sentience -- Does consciousness need a backbone? -- Neurobiological naturalism : a consilience
Control code
1667708
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 366 pages
Isbn
9780262034333
Lccn
2015038381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025964243
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780262034333
  • (OCoLC)928113919

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