Consciousness Evolving

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A collection of stimulating studies on the past, the present, and the future of consciousness, Consciousness Evolving contributes to understanding some of the most important conceptual problems of our time. The advent of the modern synthesis together with the human genome project affords a platform for considering what it is that makes humans distinctive. Beginning with an essay that accents the nature of the problem within a behavioristic framework and concluding with reflections on the prospects for a form of immortality through serial cloning, the chapters are divided into three sections, which concern how and why consciousness may have evolved, special capacities involving language, creativity, and mentality as candidates for evolved adaptations, and the prospects for artificial evolution though the design of robots with specific forms of consciousness and mind. This volume should appeal to every reader who wants to better understand the human species, including its distinctive properties and its place in nature. (Series A)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 34]  2002.  xx, 253 pp.
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Table of Contents
Contributors
ix
Introduction
xiii
Prologue
1
Turing indistinguishability and the blind watchmaker
Stevan Harnad
3–18
Part I: Natural consciousness
19
Consciousness, adaptation and epiphenomenalism
Thomas W. Polger and Owen Flanagan
21–41
The functions of consciousness
David Cole
43–62
Sensations and grain processes
George Graham and Terry Horgan
63–86
Part II: Special adaptations
87
Evolution, consciousness, and the language of thought
James W. Garson
89–110
Why did evolution engineer consciousness?
Selmer Bringsjord, Ron Noel and David Ferrucci
111–138
Nothing without mind
Stephen Clark
139–160
Part III: Artificial consciousness
161
The emergence of grounded representations: The power and limits of sensory-motor coordination
Stefano Nolfi and Oraxio Miglino
163–180
Ago Ergo Sum
Dario Floreano
181–204
Evolving robot consciousness: The easy problems and the rest
Inman Harvey
205–219
Epilogue
221
The future with cloning: On the possibility of serial immortality
Neil Tennant
223–237
Subject index
239–245
Name index
247–251
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Subjects

Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Philosophy

Philosophy
BIC Subject: HP – Philosophy
BISAC Subject: PHI000000 – PHILOSOPHY / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2002016363