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Human and machine consciousness

Author: David Gamez; Open Book Publishers,
Publisher: Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Consciousness is widely perceived as one of the most fundamental, interesting and difficult problems of our time. However, we still know next to nothing about the relationship between consciousness and the brain and we can only speculate about the consciousness of animals and machines. Human and Machine Consciousness presents a new foundation for the scientific study of consciousness. It sets out a bold  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Gamez; Open Book Publishers,
ISBN: 9781783743001 178374300X 9781783743018 1783743018 9781783743025 1783743026 9781783744886 178374488X 1783742984 9781783742981
OCLC Number: 1030899900
Notes: Available through Open Book Publishers.
Description: 1 online resource (234 pages) : 26 colour illustrations
Contents: List of Illustrations --
1. Introduction --
2. The Emergence of the Concept of Consciousness --
3. The Philosophy and Science of Consciousness --
4. The Measurement of Consciousness --
5. From Correlates to Theories of Consciousness --
6. Physical Theories of Consciousness --
7. Information Theories of Consciousness --
8. Computation Theories of Consciousness --
9. Predictions and Deductions about Consciousness --
10. Modification and Enhancement of Consciousness --
11. Machine Consciousness --
12. Conclusion --
Appendix: Definitions, Assumptions, Lemmas and Constraints --
Endnotes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: David Gamez.

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"Consciousness is widely perceived as one of the most fundamental, interesting and difficult problems of our time. However, we still know next to nothing about the relationship between consciousness and the brain and we can only speculate about the consciousness of animals and machines. Human and Machine Consciousness presents a new foundation for the scientific study of consciousness. It sets out a bold interpretation of consciousness that neutralizes the philosophical problems and explains how we can make scientific predictions about the consciousness of animals, brain-damaged patients and machines. Gamez interprets the scientific study of consciousness as a search for mathematical theories that map between measurements of consciousness and measurements of the physical world. We can use artificial intelligence to discover these theories and they could make accurate predictions about the consciousness of humans, animals and artificial systems. Human and Machine Consciousness also provides original insights into unusual conscious experiences, such as hallucinations, religious experiences and out-of-body states, and demonstrates how 'designer' states of consciousness could be created in the future. Gamez explains difficult concepts in a clear way that closely engages with scientific research. His punchy, concise prose is packed with vivid examples, making it suitable for the educated general reader as well as philosophers and scientists. Problems are brought to life in colourful illustrations and a helpful summary is given at the end of each chapter. The endnotes provide detailed discussions of individual points and full references to the scientific and philosophical literature."--Publisher's website.

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