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  1. The Functional Neuroanatomy of Awareness: With a Focus on the Role of Various Anatomical Systems in the Control of Intermodal Attention.John Smythies - 1997 - Consciousness and Cognition 6 (4):455-81.
    This review considers a number of recent theories on the neural basis of consciousness, with particular attention to the theories of Bogen, Crick, Llinás, Newman, and Changeux. These theories allot different roles to various key brain areas, in particular the reticular and intralaminar nuclei of the thalamus and the cortex. Crick's hypothesis is that awareness is a function of reverberating corticothalamic loops and that the spotlight ofintramodalattention is controlled by the reticular nucleus of the thalamus. He also proposed different mechanisms (...)
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    Brain and Mind.John R. Smythies - 1965 - New York: Humanities Press.
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    Consciousness: Some Basic Issues- a Neurophilosophical Perspective.John Smythies - 1999 - Consciousness and Cognition 8 (2):164-172.
    This paper concentrates on the basic properties of ''consciousness'' that temporal coding is postulated to relate to. A description of phenomenal consciousness based on what introspection tells us about its contents is offered. This includes a consideration of the effect of various brain lesions that result in cortical blindness, apperceptive and associative agnosia, and blindsight, together with an account of the manner in which sight is regained after cortical injuries. I then discuss two therories of perception-Direct Realism and the Representative (...)
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  4. Beyond Reductionism, New Perspectives in the Life Sciences [Proceedings of] the Alpbach Symposium [1968].Arthur Koestler & John R. Smythies - 1972
     
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    Shipwreck of a Grand Hypothesis (Francis Crick, The Astonishing Hypothesis).John R. Smythies - 1994 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 37 (2):267-281.
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    Shipwreck of a Grand Hypothesis.John R. Smythies - 1994 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 37 (2):267 – 281.
  7. Direct Versus Indirect Realism: A Neurophilosophical Debate on Consciousness.Robert French & John R. Smythies (eds.) - 2018 - Elsevier.
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    Commentary on Crooks.John Smythies - 2003 - Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 23 (2):149-156.
    Mark Crooks effectively demolishes Dennett's theory by concentrating on its internal defects. In which case I would like to contribute to this discussion by examining some scientific evidence that may be relevant. Dennett claims that hallucinations do not involve any actual sensory element but only a change in our beliefs. A schizophrenic does not actually hear the voices he complains about--he develops the false belief that he is hearing something. This puts hallucinations on a par with the patient's delusions e.g. (...)
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  9. Beyond Reductionism: New Perspectives in the Life Sciences.Arthur Koestler & John R. Smythies (eds.) - 1969 - London: Hutchinson.
  10. Beyond Reductionism New Perspectives in the Life Sciences [Proceedings of] the Alpbach Symposium 1968; Edited by Arthur Koestler & J.R. Smythies.Arthur Koestler & John Raymond Smythies - 1969 - Hutchinson.
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    A Critique of Revonsuo's Theory of Consciousness.John Smythies - 2009 - Philosophical Psychology 22 (1):99 – 106.
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    Brain and Consciousness: The Ghost in the Machines.John Smythies - 2010 - Journal of Scientific Exploration 23 (1).
    This paper reviews four current theories of brain-consciousness relations—classical Cartesian Dualism, the Identity Theory, Eliminative Materialism, and a new form of Substance Dualism that includes a modified form of the Cartesian theory. This entails a critical examination of our basic concepts of what consciousness is, of the nature of the body image, and the relation of phenomenal space to physical space. This investigation reaches the same result as that attained recently by the physicist Bernard Carr —that what is needed is (...)
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    Consciousness and Higher Dimensions of Space.John Smythies - 2012 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 19 (11-12):11-12.
    This paper reviews the present status of the material dualist theory of brain-consciousness relations. I cover first the history of its development by Priestly, Broad, Price, Carr, Jourdan, and myself. The theory is then described with its basis in higher-dimensional geometry, the phenomenology of consciousness, the neurological concept of the body image, and the application of Leibniz's Law to the current dominant identity theory of brain-consciousness relations. A model based on Flatland is developed to illustrate the theory followed by a (...)
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    Consciousness and Introspection: How We Get to Know the Inner World.John Smythies - 1999 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (6):971-972.
    We can in fact obtain scientific information about the contents of consciousness by the methods of introspectionist psychology. An example comes from the author's work on the stroboscopic patterns and from the way psychedelic drugs alter color perception.
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    Reality and Virtual Reality Mechanisms in the Brain and Their Significance.John Smythies - 2009 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 16 (4):69-80.
    This paper presents the results of some recent experiments in neuroscience and introspectionist psychology that reveal the role of virtual reality in normal visual perception, and the use of television information compression technology by the visual brain. This involves particularly the cholinergic system in the forebrain. This research throws new light on the nature of consciousness, in particular in connection with the debate between Naïve Realists and Physiological Realists.
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  16. The Fight for the Truth.John Smythies - 2010 - Journal of Scientific Exploration 22 (1).
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    The Neural Control of Mood: The Possible Role of the Adrenergic System in the Medulla.John Smythies - 2011 - Consciousness and Cognition 20 (3):489-493.
    Mood in humans is a complex phenomenon that integrates emotion , cognition, perception, ideation, and action in a coherent manner. In bipolar disorder extremes of mood occur outside the normal range, in which all the above functions are coherently affected. Mood is controlled by a series of separate but interactive brain circuits that involve much of the brain, but particularly the limbic system. The question addressed in this paper is whether the coordination of all these separate systems into one coherent (...)
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  18. The Nature of Consciousness and its Relation to the Brain: The Pith of a Formidable Problem and its Possible Solution.John Smythies - 2014 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 21 (1-2):183-202.
    This paper presents an enquiry into the essential nature of phenomenal consciousness and its relation to the neural correlates of consciousness in the brain . It first combines critical accounts of current ideas about the nature of NCCs themselves and about what constitutes phenomenal consciousness. This is followed by an examination of how these two may be related with a particular focus on pointing out the defects in the currently most popular hypothesis in this field, namely the identity theory. The (...)
     
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    10 The Ontological Status of Qualia and Sensations: How They Fit Into the Brain.John Smythies - 2008 - In Edmond Wright (ed.), The Case for Qualia. MIT Press. pp. 191.
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    The Role of Acetylcholine in Hallucinatory Perception.John Raymond Smythies - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (6):773-773.
    This commentary reviews and extends the target article's treatment of the topic of the role of acetylcholine in hallucinatory experience in health and disease. Particular attention is paid to differentiating muscarinic and nicotinic effects in modulating the use of virtual reality mechanisms by the brain. Then, attention is drawn to the similarities between these aspects of brain function and certain aspects of television digital compression technology.
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  21. The Walls of Plato's Cave the Science and Philosophy Of.John R. Smythies - 1994
     
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    What Neuronal Activity Constitutes the NCCs?John Smythies - 2013 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 20 (3-4):3-4.
    This paper reviews the evidence, from studies of acute denervation plasticity, that NCCs in the sensory cortex are composed of particular patterns of intracolumnar excitation in a certain type of neuron, and not of specific anatomically identified neurons. This leads to an enquiry as to what the microneurological basis of NCCs in general may be. Further evidence is examined as to the possible NCCs of the stroboscopic patterns. The hypotheses are presented that the geometrical bright phase patterns arise as dissipative (...)
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  23. Beyond Reductionism New Perspectives in the Life Sciences. Edited by Arthur Koestler & J.R. Smythies. --. SymposiumAlpbach, Arthur Koestler & John Raymond Smythies - 1970 - Macmillan.
     
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