Consciousness and the Brain

Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts By: Stanislas Dehaene Published: 2014 Read: 2016 Summary: A theoretical exploration of what goes on in the brain as conscious and non-conscious processes unfold. Exploring questions such as when do we become aware

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The User Illusion

Cutting Consciousness Down to Size By: Tor Norretranders Published: 1991 Read: 2017 Summary: Drawing on physics, information theory, communication theory and evolutionary psychology, the central point of this book is that consciousness represents only a very small fraction of our

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The Hour Between Dog and Wolf

How risk taking transforms us, body and mind. By: John Coates. Published: 2012 Read: 2019 Summary: Complex interactions and feedback mechanisms between the body and the brain evolved to maintain health and prepare us for movement. Especially in situations that

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A Deep-Dream Virtual Reality Platform for Studying Altered Perceptual Phenomenology

By: Keisuke Suzuki, Warrick Roseboom, David J. Schwartzman & Anil K. Seth In: Nature, Scientific Reports, 7 Date: 22 November 2017 Key Concepts: Altered states of consciousness (ASC): Qualitative alteration in the overall pattern of mental functioning. The experiencer feels

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Waking Up

A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion By: Sam Harris Published: 2014 Read: 2019 Summary: Many people have had spiritual experiences. Altered states of consciousness characterized by feelings such as self-transcending love, awe, ecstasy or bliss. Trying to make sense of

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How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence By: Michael Pollan Published: 2018 Read: 2019 Summary: Over the past two decades, science has renewed its interest in the potential benefits of “psychedelic therapy”

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