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C.U.M. Smith, H. Whitaker (Eds.

Brain, Mind and Consciousness in the History of Neuroscience

Series: History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences, Vol. 6

Traces significant work in neuroscience, from classical antiquity to

the 21st century
Presents historic milestones in the investigation of correlating brain
activity with consciousness
Examines the problem of mind at the interface between science and
the humanities, looking at how the problem should be posed

2014, XIV, 369 p. 27 illus., 6 illus. in color.

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This volume of essays examines the problem of mind, looking at how the problem has
appeared to neuroscientists (in the widest sense) from classical antiquity through to
contemporary times. Beginning with a look at ventricular neuropsychology in antiquity,
this book goes on to look at Spinozan ideas on the links between mind and body, Thomas
Willis and the foundation of Neurology, Hookes mechanical model of the mind and
Joseph Priestleys approach to the mind-body problem.

The volume offers a chapter on the 19th century Ottoman perspective on western
thinking. Further chapters trace the work of nineteenth century scholars including George
Henry Lewes, Herbert Spencer and Emil du Bois-Reymond. The book covers significant
work from the twentieth century, including an examination of Alfred North Whitehead
and the history of consciousness, and particular attention is given to the development
of quantum consciousness. Chapters on slavery and the self and the development of an
understanding of Dualism bring this examination up to date on the latest 21st century
work in the field.

At the heart of this book is the matter of how we define the problem of consciousness
itself: has there been any progress in our understanding of the working of mind and brain?
This work at the interface between science and the humanities will appeal to experts
from across many fields who wish to develop their understanding of the problem of
consciousness, including scholars of Neuroscience, Behavioural Science and the History of

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