Consciousness: Its Nature and Functions


Shulamith Kreitler, PhD (Editor)
School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, and Psychooncology Research Center, Sheba Medical Center,Tel Hashomer, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Oded Maimon (Editor)
Professor of Industrial Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology, Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY000000

Human beings seem to have been always aware of something they called consciousness and have not stopped wondering what it is, what it does, where it came from, and why we have it. This book is testimony to the continuous attempts to crack the riddle, in the 21st century no less, if not even more than before. The book expresses two major convictions. One is that consciousness has a multiplicity of aspects, which need to be considered in order to deepen understanding of this phenomenon and of ourselves. These include in the very least biology, philosophy, religion, mathematics, physics, physiology, and psychology. The other is that the next phase of human evolution may well be the evolution of consciousness – its expansion, development, and enhanced ability on our part to recognize and control it, shape it and put it to our use for improving our chances of survival and enhancing our happiness. This book is aimed at contributing towards the attainment of this goal. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction: Consciousness is the next stage of evolution
(Oded Maimon and Shulamith Kreitler)

The philosophical approach

Chapter 2. Towards a theory of awareness and of consciousness
(Joseph Agassi)

The historical-cultural approach

Chapter 3. Psychological evolution of consciousness
(Elfriede M. Bone)

The biological approach

Chapter 4. Consciousness: The perspective of evolutionary biology
(Karl Edlinger)

The anthropological approach

Chapter 5. Consciousness and Indigenous Healing Systems: between
Indigenous Perceptions and Neuroscience
(Diana Riboli)

The sociological approach

Chapter 6. Consciousness: Sociological Approaches
(Vasiliki Kantzara)

The experiential approaches

Chapter 7. Turning on the Light to see how the Darkness looks
(Susan Blackmore)

Chapter 8. Bodily Awareness, Consciousness and Modifications of Existential values in out-of-the Norm Experiences Values: the Transplanted Patients’ Perspectives
(Chantal Piot-Ziegler)

The spiritual approaches

Chapter 9. Introduction to the spiritual approaches: Interview with (Charles T. Tart)

Interviewers: Oded Maimon and Shulamith Kreitler

Chapter 10. Scientific and spiritual perspective of consciousness: An analytical interpretation
(Sanjay Srivasteva)

Chapter 11. Toward a more comprehensive understanding of mind: A
mutually interacting non-local dualistic systems (MINDS) approach
(Charles T. Tart)

The psychological approaches

Chapter 12. Cognitive effects of states of consciousness:
Do changes in states of consciousness affect judgments and
(Yuval Rotstein, Oded Maimon and Shulamith Kreitler)

Chapter 13. Consciousness and knowledge: The psychosemantic approach
(Shulamith Kreitler)

Chapter 14. Novelty, not integration: Finding the function of conscious awareness
(Liad Mudrik, Leon Y. Deouell, and Dominique Lamy)

Chapter 15. Why the mind works: The Emergence of consciousness from
mental dynamics
(Robin R. Vallacher and Jay L. Michaels)

The neuropsychological approaches

Chapter 16. Consciousness and paralysis
(Carolyn A. Ruf and Niels Birbaumer)

Chapter 17. What has TMS Taught us about the role of V1 in Conscious and Unconscious Processing?
(Dominique Lamy and Ziv Peremen)

Chapter 18. Neuroimaging Approaches to the Stream of Consciousness:
Problems lost and found
(M. Gruberger, E. Ben-Simon and T. Hendler)

Chapter 19. Neuronal Reflections
(Rafi Malach)
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The physical approaches

Chapter 20. A quantum physical perspective of consciousness
(Ron Kreitler)

Chapter 21. Super turing as a cognitive reality
(Hava Siegelmann)

Chapter 22. A novel Theory of Consciousness based on the irreducible Field Principle: The Concept of “geometrical feeling” leading to
Consciousness Definition
(Michael Lipkind)


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