Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction, by Susan Blackmore

Another very readable and interesting book in the VSI series. Blackmore's somewhat disconcerting thesis is that consciousness is no more than a delusion resulting from various processes going on in the brain, and that most of the time, we're not actually "conscious" at all, even though we assume that there is a "me" experiencing the world all the time we're awake.

There was quite a lot of info on experiments which have been done to cast doubt on the conventional understanding of what consciousness is; some of it I'd come across before, but it was all pretty well explained. Among the things I highlighted as I was reading:

Completed : 26-Apr-2006

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