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The Emerging Physics of Consciousness

Editors: Tuszynski, Jack A. (Ed.)

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About this book

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.

About the authors

Professor Jack Tuszynski received his M.Sc. with distinction in Physics from the University of Poznan (Poland) in 1980. He received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Calgary in 1983. He held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary Chemistry Department in 1983. He was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics of the Memorial University of Newfoundland from 1983 to 1988, and at the University of Alberta Physics Department from 1988 to 1990. He joined the University of Alberta Physics Department in 1993. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Physics.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The intention of the book was clearly to present many different views of the consciousness problem, and as such it succeeds extremely well. … If you are interested in consciousness and its interaction with the physical and biological worlds, this is an excellent book that I recommend highly.” (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, March, 2014)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • The Path Ahead

    Tuszynski, Jack A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Consciousness and Quantum Physics: Empirical Research on the Subjective Reduction of the Statevector

    Bierman, Dick J. (et al.)

    Pages 27-48

  • Microtubules in the Cerebral Cortex: Role in Memory and Consciousness

    Woolf, Nancy J.

    Pages 49-94

  • Towards Experimental Tests of Quantum Effects in Cytoskeletal Proteins

    Mershin, Andreas (et al.)

    Pages 95-170

  • Physicalism, Chaos and Reductionism

    Scott, Alwyn

    Pages 171-191

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Emerging Physics of Consciousness
Editors
  • Jack A. Tuszynski
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-36723-9
DOI
10.1007/3-540-36723-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-23890-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06285-8
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 487
Number of Illustrations and Tables
135 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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