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The Emerging Physics of Consciousness

  • Jack A. Tuszynski

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Jack A. Tuszynski, Nancy Woolf
    Pages 1-26
  3. Andreas Mershin, Hugo Sanabria, John H. Miller, Dharmakeerthna Nawarathna, Efthimios M. C. Skoulakis, Nikolaos E. Mavromatos et al.
    Pages 95-170
  4. Alwyn Scott
    Pages 171-191
  5. Avner Priel, Jack A. Tuszynski, Horacion F. Cantiello
    Pages 293-325
  6. Laxmidhar Behera, Indrani Kar, Avshalom C. Elitzur
    Pages 327-350
  7. Elizabeth C. Behrman, K. Gaddam, J. E. Steck, S. R. Skinner
    Pages 351-370
  8. Gordon Globus
    Pages 371-385
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 483-487

About this book

Introduction

Consciousness remains one of the major unsolved problems in science. How do the feelings and sensations making up conscious experience arise from the concerted actions of nerve cells and their associated synaptic and molecular processes? Can such feelings be explained by modern science, or is there an entirely different kind of explanation needed? And how can this seemingly intractable problem be approached experimentally? How do the operations of the conscious mind emerge out of the specific interactions involving billions of neurons? This book seeks answers to these questions on the underlying assumption that consciousness can be understood using the intellectual potential of modern physics and other sciences. There are a number of theories of consciousness, some based on classical physics while others require the use of quantum concepts. The latter ones have drawn criticism from the parts of the scientific establishment while simultaneously claiming that classical approaches are doomed to failure. The contributing authors present a spectrum of opinions from both sides of this on-going scientific debate, allowing readers to decide for themselves which of the approaches are most likely to succeed.

Keywords

Experiment Memory Potential The Conscious cells cognition cortex logic mechanics metabolism neural network neurobiology neurophysiology physiology quantum mechanics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jack A. Tuszynski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-36723-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-23890-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-36723-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3018
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