The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul

Scribners (1994)
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[opening paragraph] -- Clark: The `astonishing hypothesis' which you put forward in your book, and which you obviously feel is very controversial, is that `You, your joys and sorrows, your memories and ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will are, in fact, no more than the behaviour of a vast assembly of nerve cells. As Lewis Carroll's Alice might have phrased it: `You're nothing but a pack of neurons'.' But it seems to me that this is not so astonishing a statement for a scientist to make. Isn't this what reductionist science has always believed?
Keywords Consciousness   Neurophysiology   Brain   Visual perception   Mind and body   Neural circuitry   Consciousness
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Ned Block (1995). On a Confusion About a Function of Consciousness. Brain and Behavioral Sciences 18 (2):227-–247.
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