CSC 191/291 Further Books and Collections


David Eagleman, The Brain: The Story of You, Pantheon Books, New York, 2015.

M. Shanahan, Embodiment and the Inner Life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Christof Koch, Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist, MIT Press, 2012.

Antonio Damasio, Self Comes to Mind, Vintage Press, 2010. {Endorsed by Yo-Yo Ma! :-}

Bernard J. Baars & Nicole Gage Cognition, Brain and Consciousness: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, Elsevier/Academic Press, London, 2007.

Ray Kurzweil How to Create a Mind, Viking Press 2012. [A book proposing hierarchical pattern recognition and prediction (e.g., much as implemented in hierarchical hidden Markov models, HHMMs) as basis for cognition in humans and machines. But he discusses recent AI successes (such as IBM's Watson) and many other AI-related topics along the way, and ch. 9 is quite a good discussion of consciousness.]

John A. Anderson How Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe?, Oxford University Press, New York, 2007, isbn=9780195324259.

Stan Franklin, Artificial Minds, MIT Press, 1997. [About the nature of mind, rejecting a rigid distinction between mind and non-mind. Overviews of AI, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, etc., with glimpses of Newell's SOAR, Holland's genetic algorithms, Wilson's Animat, Brooks' subsumption architecture, Jackson's pandemonium theory, Ornstein's multimind, Marvin Minsky's society of mind, Patti Maes's behaviour networks, Gerald Edelman's neural Darwinism, Drescher's schema mechanisms, Pentti Kanerva's sparse distributed memory, Douglas Hofstadter and Melanie Mitchell's Copycat, and Agre and Chapman's deictic representations.]

Jeffrey Foss, Science and the Riddle of Consciousness: A Solution, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.
[A book by a Canadian philosopher carefully analyzing the requirements for a scientific analysis of phenomenal consciousness, and advocating a view of objective and subjective perspectives as complementary.]

Daniel N. Robinson, Consciousness and Mental Life, Columbia Univ. Press, New York, 2008.
[A very erudite critique, from a philosophical perspective, of any and all claims that the hard problem of consciousness has been "solved", whether by philosophical functionalists like Daniel Dennett or cognitive neuroscientists like Antonio Damasio. He defends Descartes and more ancient philosophers as having had insights at least as deep and carefully formulated as those of the "moderns".]

Simon Baron-Cohen, Mindblindness, MIT Press, 1997.
[Baron-Cohen argues that we "mindread" all the time, from early childhood onward, effortlessly, automatically, and mostly unconsciously. This enables us to interpret facial expressions, gestures, and social behavior, and to ascribe mental states to people, including thoughts, desires, knowledge, and intentions. Autistic children suffer from impairment of the mindreading mechanism. Mindreading is very relevant to self-awareness, because we can surely turn the modelling of mind inward upon ourselves. Interestingly, recent research (after this book) suggests that mind-modelling and language ability evolved at the same time -- mind-modelling seems centered in the part of the right cerebral hemisphere corresponding to Broca's area in the left hemisphere, as mentioned in the Economist '06 artcle ...]

Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works, (W.W. Norton & Co., New York and London, 1997.
[A wonderful book on the high-level functioning of the mind, by a cognitive scientist who is also an expert on language (he previously wrote the acclaimed book, The Language Instinct). He describes the mind's functional modules, its learning mechanisms, and its evolutionary background, with lucidity and panache. His most recent, also thoroughly intriguing and entertaining book, is The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature.]

Baars, B. J., William P. Banks, and James B. Newman (eds), Essential sources in the scientific study of consciousness, 2003.

Marvin Minsky, The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind, 2006.

Douglas Hofstadter, I Am a Strange Loop, Basic Books, 2007.

S. Hameroff, A. Kaszniak, & A. Scott, eds, Toward a Science of Consciousness II. MIT Press, 1996.

Antonio Damasio, Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain, Avon Books, 1994.

J. Cohen & J. Schooler (eds), Scientific Approaches to Consciousness. Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997.

Ned Block, Owen Flanagan, and Guven Guzeldere (eds.), The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates, Bradford, MIT Press, 1997.

M.I. Stamenov (ed.), Language Structure, Discourse, and the Access to Consciousness. John Benjamins, 1997.

M. Ito, Y. Miyashita & E. T. Rolls, eds, Cognition, Computation, and Consciousness. Oxford University Press, 1997.

D.R. Hofstadter & D.C. Dennett, The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul. Basic Books, 1981.

G. Underwood, (ed), Aspects of Consciousness, Volume 3: Awareness and Self-Awareness. Academic Press, 1997.

P. Pylkkanen & T. Vaden, (eds), Dimensions of Conscious Experience. John Benjamins, 2001

J. LeDoux, J. Debiec, & H. Moss, The Self: From Soul to Brain, NY Academy of Sciences, 2003.

N. Osaka, (ed) Neural Basis of Consciousness. John Benjamins, 2003

Daniel Wegner, The Illusion of Conscious Will, MIT Press, Bradford Books, 2002.

David J. Chalmers, The Conscious Mind. Oxford University Press, 1996.

P. Carruthers, The involvement of language in conscious thinking. In Language, Thought, and Consciousness. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

H.A. Nielsen, Evolution and consciousness: The Role of Speech in the Origin and Development of Human Nature.

J. Snodgrass & R. Thompson, (eds), The Self across Psychology: Self-recognition, Self-awareness, and the Self Concept. New York Academy of Sciences, 1997.

Ray Jackendoff, Consciousness and the Computational Mind. MIT Press, 1987.

G. Edelman, Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness. Yale University Press, 2004.

J. Gray, Consciousness: Creeping Up on the Hard Problem. Oxford University Press, 2004.

W. Huemer, The Constitution of Consciousness. Routledge, 2004.

C. Koch, The Quest for Consciousness. Roberts and Company, 2004.

Susan Blackmore, Conversations on Consciousness. Oxford University Press, 2005.

D. Radner and M. & Radner, Animal Consciousness. Prometheus Books, 1996.

M. Stamenov & V. Gallese (eds.), Mirror Neurons and the Evolution of Brain and Language. John Benjamins, 2002.

T. Metzinger, Neural Correlates of Consciousness: Empirical and Conceptual Questions. MIT Press, 2000.

B. Wallace, The Taboo of Subjectivity: Toward a New Science of Consciousness. Oxford University Press, 2000.

J. Snodgrass R. Thompson, (eds), The Self across Psychology: Self-recognition, Self-awareness, and the Self Concept. New York Academy of Sciences, 1997.

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