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Author Humphrey, Nicholas.

Title Seeing red : a study in consciousness / Nicholas Humphrey.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.


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 Axe JSTOR eBook (C-19)  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (151 pages) : color illustrations
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computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Physical Medium polychrome. rdacc
Description text file PDF rda
Series Mind/brain/behavior initiative
Mind/brain/behavior initiative.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-146) and index.
Summary "Consciousness matters. Arguably it matters more than anything. The purpose of this book is to build toward an explanation of just what the matter is." "Nicholas Humphrey begins this exploration of the biggest of big questions with a challenge to the reader, and himself. What's involved in "seeing red"? What is it like for us to see someone else seeing something red?" "Seeing a red screen tells us a fact about something in the world. But it also creates a new fact - a sensation in each of our minds, the feeling of redness. And that's the mystery. Conventional science so far hasn't told us what conscious sensations are made of, or how we get access to them, or why we have them at all. From an evolutionary perspective, what's the point of consciousness?" "Humphrey offers a daring and novel solution, arguing that sensations are not things that happen to us, they are things we do - originating in our primordial ancestors' expressions of liking or disgust. Tracing the evolutionary trajectory through to human beings, he shows how this has led to sensations playing the key role in the human sense of Self. The Self, as we now know it from within, seems to have fascinating other worldly properties. It leads us to believe in mind body duality and the existence of a soul. And such beliefs, even if mistaken, can be highly adaptive, because they increase the value we place on our own and other' lives. Consciousness matters, Humphrey concludes with striking paradox, because it is its function to matter. It has been designed to create in human beings a Self whose live is worth pursing."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
Contents Frontmatter -- 1. -- 2. -- 3. -- 4. -- 5. -- 6. -- 7. -- NOTES -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- INDEX.
Language In English.
Subject Consciousness.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Personality.
PHILOSOPHY -- Mind & Body.
Consciousness. (OCoLC)fst00875441
Psychiatry, Psychotherapy
Social Sciences
PSYCHOLOGY -- General.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Humphrey, Nicholas. Seeing red. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006 0674021797 9780674021792 (DLC) 2005052656 (OCoLC)61361647
ISBN 9780674038905 (electronic bk.)
0674038908 (electronic bk.)
0674021797 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 10.4159/9780674038905 doi
AU@ 000053269526
DEBBG BV042692958
DEBBG BV043159350
DEBSZ 421971568
DEBSZ 435487272
GBVCP 802978924
NZ1 13860247
AU@ 000066755931

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