The human brain: the most sophisticated instrument in the known universe. What is this human brain which has the mental ability to create such marvels due to its Consciousness? What is this Consciousness that has so perplexed the great philosophers of all time? What makes a person himself and not another, completely different individual? What are the various levels of Consciousness? Is it true that the Consciousness of every person is infinite? And above all, why do the greatest minds in modern physics maintain that the Consciousness is also part of the universe?
These are some of the questions that this book attempts to answer with the helping hand of contemporary science that shall aid in the understanding of one of the greatest mysteries of mankind: the Consciousness of man.
“Consciousness, ‘the ultimate mystery for science’, has now become a hot topic. How can a physical brain create our experience of the World and what creates our identity?
These are but some of the questions that author Anton Sammut tackles amidst the striking developments that have taken place in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence and notes their expanding relevance to philosophical issues. Exciting new developments in brain science are opening up debates on these issues, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers.
‘Consciousness: the Concept of Mind and the Transcendence of Conventional Thought’ brings neuroscientific evidence to bear on enduring philosophical questions, while also surveying philosophical and scientific theories of Consciousness through current understanding from an evidence-based perspective.
This book will be essential for anyone interested in the problems of Consciousness, mind and reality.”
– Prof. Mario Valentino BSc, M.Phil, PhD
Dept of Physiology & Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
University of Malta.