• Philosophy of mind
      June 2002

      Is the Visual World a Grand Illusion?

      by Noe, Alva, B01

      There is a traditional scepticism about whether the world "out there" really is as we perceive it. A new breed of hyper-sceptics now challenges whether we even have the perceptual experience we think we have. According to these writers, perceptual...

    • Philosophy of mind
      December 2002

      How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains?

      by Velmans, Max, A01

      In daily life we take it for granted that our minds have conscious control of our actions, at least for most of the time. But many scientists and philosophers deny that this is really the case, because there is no generally accepted theory of how the...

    • Cognition & cognitive psychology
      March 2003

      Cognitive Approach to Conscious Machines

      by Haikonen, Pentti O., A01

      Could a machine have an immaterial mind? The author argues that true conscious machines can be built, but rejects artificial intelligence and classical neural networks in favour of the emulation of the cognitive processes of the brain—the flow of...

    • Psychology: emotions
      April 2009

      The Corporeal Turn

      An interdisciplinary reader

      by Sheets-Johnson, Maxine

      The purpose of The Corporeal Turn is to document in a single text the impressive array of investigations possible with respect to the body and bodily life, and to show that, whatever the specific topic being examined, it is a matter of fathoming and...

    • Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology
      October 2006

      Consciousness and Its Place in Nature

      Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism?

      by Freeman, Anthony, B01; Strawson, Galen, A01

      For the last five years philosopher Galen Strawson has provoked a mixture of shock and scepticism with his carefully argued case that physicalism entails panpsychism.

    • Fiction
      November 2011

      Code Blood

      by Kurt Kamm

      Colt Lewis, a rookie fire paramedic, is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a graduate research student, with the rarest blood in the world and the vampire fetishist who is stalking her. Within the corridors of high-stakes medical research laboratories, the shadow world of body parts dealers, and the underground Goth clubs of Los Angeles, Lewis uncovers a tangled maze of needles, drugs and maniacal ritual, all of which lead to death. But whose death? An unusual and fast-paced LA Noir thriller.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      June 2015

      Conscious Leadership in Action!

      by Floyd Carlson

      We desire more consciousness and connection in our lives, and especially from our leaders. We are yearning to feel inspired, but are often surrounded by poor examples of leadership. We laugh when watching The Office and yet we feel it is true. We see everything from leaders leaving a legacy of long lasting emotional scars to many leaders being average at best. A conscious leader first decides to be one, then takes consistent steps to live it and become an example for others to follow. Conscious Leadership in Action provides a compelling guide to start and continue on this path. It will offer you many easy to use tools and exercises to help with your personal change to being a conscious leader in your daily life and transforming organizations. By leading consciously you can have the positive, memorable impact people want from their leaders.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2019

      Business is Personal

      Be the Leader of Your Life and Business

      by Penny Power

      Business is Personal. A statement on life as a business owner. Being the leader of your own life is the greatest lesson in business. Your business is personal as it is yours. We live in a fast paced, over-connected world. Relying on your own instincts and knowing the dreams you hold for your version of success, ambition and happiness will ensure you have the life you want and not the life you compare yourself with. Business is Personal shares the areas of business that are rarely discussed, but have been learned the hard way by Penny and others. The emotions we need to understand, the mind we can be in control of, and tools Penny learned, following years of hard work and many challenging moments. Penny has poured her heart into this book and it is incredibly revealing.

    • Philosophy of mind
      June 2008

      The Future of Post-Human Unconsciousness

      A Preface to a New Theory of Anomalous Experience

      by Author(s): Peter Baofu

      Why should anomalous experience, in a general sense, be proven to exist, before they can be taken seriously? Contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many scholars in human history hitherto existing, the imaginative exploration of anomalous phenomena, even if all of them were merely the fabricated products of psychological con artists, will have tremendous implications for the future of intelligent life, both on earth and in deep space unto multiverses. For the critics, this is a bold (or outrageous) claim, for sure. So, a good question to ask is, Why should the conventional wisdom on anomalous experience be challenged in this way? This question is all the more fascinating, when related to the nature of unconsciousness. Although unconscious experience does not necessarily imply anomalous experience, the two are closely intertwined, since an individual may not exactly know how and why an anomalous phenomenon he claims to encounter happens in the way that it does, and this constitutes the unconscious dimension of anomalous experience, which has remained the most controversial in the scientific community.This book thus focuses on this relationship between the nature of unconsciousness and the controversial aspects of anomalous experience so understood. To understand this, the book is organized into four main parts, that is, in relation to nature, the mind, culture, and society—together with the introductory and concluding chapters.

    • The self, ego, identity, personality
      December 2017

      Narcissism and Sexuality

      A Self Inflicted Wound

      by Author(s): Ken Silvestro

      Everyone, by virtue of possessing a psychology and being a child, embodies narcissistic tendencies. Not everyone, however, is narcissistically wounded. A narcissistic wound can manifest in many expressions, from personality dysfunctions to rage. This book differentiates between a severe narcissistic disorder and a narcissistic wound, focusing on one common expression—sexuality.Narcissistic sexual expressions are portrayed in sexual experiences, myths, fairy tales, legends and the practicalities of personal relationships, which serve to amplify the theory and experiential descriptions. The psychological foundation throughout the book, analytic psychology, was developed by Carl Jung. The images presented assist the reader in forming a deeper understanding of the theme. The primary psychological concepts presented include Self, False-Self, narcissistic wound, origin of the wound, inability to relate to another person, sexual interludes to satisfy the narcissistic wound, anima (a psychological source similar to the Chinese construct of Yin) and Eros (a psychological function of relationship). Two-thirds of the book presents a Jungian analysis of a client, addressing a narcissistic wound. Fifty-four dreams and interpretations illuminate the analytic process. This material provides an in-depth perspective of a seldom understood and shared process—analysis. The content presented here is timely for many reasons. Western societies, particularly the US, display increasing narcissistic behaviors and expressions. Presenting narcissism from one particular expression—sexuality—can enhance the collective awareness of this issue.

    • The self, ego, identity, personality
      February 2011

      Dolls & Clowns & Things

      Essays for a Symbolic Self

      by Author(s): Lisa Pavlik-Malone

      In this volume, the author explores the symbolic relationship between the self and the object through a potentially illuminating lense—cognition. From this perspective, objects in general, and dolls in particular, are studied as vehicles through which cognitive processes adapt and re-adapt themselves, in various and specific ways, to transform one’s understanding of Self as an ongoing, overarching imaginative endeavor. Although at least some aspects of thought and emotion can and do function consciously, both the “cognitive conscious” as well as the “cognitive unconscious” are interpreted as fundamental to the creation of Self. Here, the author explores three ways in which “Self” may be “nurtured” or developed by the mind: one, as my physical object, in which the “thing” becomes one’s “own” meaningful possession while retaining all the aspects of its physical nature; two, as my objectified being, in which the original physical nature of the “thing” includes its being alive, but it has since lost this phenomenological quality in a sense, as one’s “own” personal meaning has come to imbue it; and three, as my personified idea, in which the individual mind conjures up the object itself, while ascribing to it human qualities in various aspects that, in the mind of the creator at least, emanate from the object as fundamental to what it is. In each sense, the conception of Self through the object is considered as a mechanistically intricate, personally invaluable mental attribute.

    • Philosophy of mind
      June 2008

      The Future of Post-Human Unconsciousness

      A Preface to a New Theory of Anomalous Experience

      by Author(s): Peter Baofu

      Why should anomalous experience, in a general sense, be proven to exist, before they can be taken seriously? Contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many scholars in human history hitherto existing, the imaginative exploration of anomalous phenomena, even if all of them were merely the fabricated products of psychological con artists, will have tremendous implications for the future of intelligent life, both on earth and in deep space unto multiverses. For the critics, this is a bold (or outrageous) claim, for sure. So, a good question to ask is, Why should the conventional wisdom on anomalous experience be challenged in this way? This question is all the more fascinating, when related to the nature of unconsciousness. Although unconscious experience does not necessarily imply anomalous experience, the two are closely intertwined, since an individual may not exactly know how and why an anomalous phenomenon he claims to encounter happens in the way that it does, and this constitutes the unconscious dimension of anomalous experience, which has remained the most controversial in the scientific community.This book thus focuses on this relationship between the nature of unconsciousness and the controversial aspects of anomalous experience so understood. To understand this, the book is organized into four main parts, that is, in relation to nature, the mind, culture, and society—together with the introductory and concluding chapters.

    • The self, ego, identity, personality
      December 2017

      Narcissism and Sexuality

      A Self Inflicted Wound

      by Author(s): Ken Silvestro

      Everyone, by virtue of possessing a psychology and being a child, embodies narcissistic tendencies. Not everyone, however, is narcissistically wounded. A narcissistic wound can manifest in many expressions, from personality dysfunctions to rage. This book differentiates between a severe narcissistic disorder and a narcissistic wound, focusing on one common expression—sexuality.Narcissistic sexual expressions are portrayed in sexual experiences, myths, fairy tales, legends and the practicalities of personal relationships, which serve to amplify the theory and experiential descriptions. The psychological foundation throughout the book, analytic psychology, was developed by Carl Jung. The images presented assist the reader in forming a deeper understanding of the theme. The primary psychological concepts presented include Self, False-Self, narcissistic wound, origin of the wound, inability to relate to another person, sexual interludes to satisfy the narcissistic wound, anima (a psychological source similar to the Chinese construct of Yin) and Eros (a psychological function of relationship). Two-thirds of the book presents a Jungian analysis of a client, addressing a narcissistic wound. Fifty-four dreams and interpretations illuminate the analytic process. This material provides an in-depth perspective of a seldom understood and shared process—analysis. The content presented here is timely for many reasons. Western societies, particularly the US, display increasing narcissistic behaviors and expressions. Presenting narcissism from one particular expression—sexuality—can enhance the collective awareness of this issue.

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