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I am not a brain : philosophy of mind for the twenty-first century

Author: Markus Gabriel; Chris Turner
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Many consider the nature of human consciousness to be one of the last great unsolved mysteries. Why should the light turn on, so to speak, in human beings at all? And how is the electrical storm of neurons under our skull connected with our consciousness? Is the self only our brain's user interface, a kind of stage on which a show is performed that we cannot freely direct? In this book, philosopher Markus Gabriel  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Markus Gabriel; Chris Turner
ISBN: 9781509538720 1509538720
OCLC Number: 1086008629
Notes: Previously published in hardback in 2017.
Originally published in German as Ich ist nicht gehirn, philosophie des geister für das 21, 2015 by Ullsterin Verlag.
Description: vi, 244 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: What is at Stake in the Philosophy of Mind? --
Consciousness --
Self-Consciousness --
Who or What is This Thing We Call the Self? --
Freedom.
Other Titles: Ich ist nicht gehirn.
Responsibility: Markus Gabriel ; translated by Christopher Turner.

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Many consider the nature of human consciousness to be one of the last great unsolved mysteries. Why should the light turn on, so to speak, in human beings at all? And how is the electrical storm of neurons under our skull connected with our consciousness? Is the self only our brain's user interface, a kind of stage on which a show is performed that we cannot freely direct? In this book, philosopher Markus Gabriel challenges an increasing trend in the sciences towards neurocentrism, a notion which rests on the assumption that the self is identical to the brain. Gabriel raises serious doubts as to whether we can know ourselves in this way. In a sharp critique of this approach, he presents a new defense of the free will and provides a timely introduction to philosophical thought about the self--all with verve, humor, and surprising insights. Gabriel criticizes the scientific image of the world and takes us on an eclectic journey of self-reflection by way of such concepts as self, consciousness, and freedom, with the aid of Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nagel but also Dr. Who, The Walking Dead, and Fargo.

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"Gabriel's engaging, accessible and incisive introduction to the philosophy of mind tackles the deep problems raised by both classical thinkers and modern neuroscience. Bringing the zombies and Read more...

 
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Threshold for posthuman thinking

by ams200 (WorldCat user published 2019-10-20) Very Good Permalink

Gabriel’s book amounts to presenting a threshold for posthuman thinking. My review of his book is limited to one significant concept:...
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