A Guide to the Debates
by Anthony Freeman
October 2003, 338pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-57607-791-7
$94, £70, 79€, A135
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Researchers and philosophers investigating the science of consciousness debate great questions of the mind: what are dream states and optical illusions, are chess-playing computers conscious, and why do feelings affect thinking. Can objective science solve such mysteries of subjective experience?

An exciting introduction to consciousness research and its applications to our waking and sleeping moments.

Once the domain of philosophers, the study of consciousness is now an exciting branch of science. Author Anthony Freeman, managing editor of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, opens Consciousness with a history of mind study, from the ancient Greeks to the present, and provides a multidisciplinary review of cognitive science. Freeman untangles the conflicting theories on the working of the brain, analyzing the techniques developed for its study over the years.

“Seeing” v. “believing,” mind/body connections, zombies, and assembly line robots are just the beginning. Even chaos theory and quantum physics are relevant, with opposing approaches inciting disciplinary battles. This illustrated and accessible volume introduces key researchers like Wilder Penfield, who talked with his conscious sister while operating on her brain tumor.


  • 12 chapters discussing the important debates on the nature of consciousness including excerpts from classic texts
  • Rich illustrations, including photographs and drawings
Anthony Freeman is managing editor of the Journal of Consciousness Studies.


"[A]s entertaining as it is helpful . . . Its claim as an overview is made good but not so detailed or erudite to make it unreadable by the layperson."—American Reference Books Annual, March 1, 2004
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