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    Consciousness Regained: Chapters in the Development of Mind.Nicholas Humphrey - 1984 - Oxford University Press.
    Essays discuss the evolution of consciousness, self-knowledge, aesthetics, religious ecstasy, ghosts, and dreams.
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    A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness.N. Humphrey - 1992 - Simon & Schuster.
    This book is a tour-de-force on how human consciousness may have evolved. From the "phantom pain" experienced by people who have lost their limbs to the uncanny faculty of "blindsight," Humphrey argues that raw sensations are central to all conscious states and that consciousness must have evolved, just like all other mental faculties, over time from our ancestorsodily responses to pain and pleasure. '.
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  3. A History of the Mind.N. Humphrey - 1993
     
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    Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness.Nicholas Humphrey - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
    This is a provocative book from a sparkling writer."--Owen Flanagan, Duke University.
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    Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness.Nicholas Humphrey - 2006 - Belknap Press.
    The purpose of this book is to build towards an explanation of just what the matter is.
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  6. Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness.Nicholas Humphrey - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
    How is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? And why do we value it so highly? In Soul Dust, the psychologist Nicholas Humphrey, a leading figure in consciousness research, proposes a startling new theory. Consciousness, he argues, is nothing less than a magical-mystery show that we stage for ourselves inside our own heads. This self-made show lights up the world for us and makes us feel special and transcendent. Thus consciousness paves the way for spirituality, and allows us, (...)
     
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  7. How to Solve the Mind-Body Problem.Nicholas Humphrey - 2000 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (4):5-20.
    The identity of conscious states and brain states must remain a mystery until we find a way of characterising both sides of the equation in terms that have the same ‘dimensions’. In this paper I stress the need for ‘dual currency concepts’ that not only are but can be seen to be as appropriate for talking about, say, the experience of pain as for talking about the corresponding working of the brain. In the light of evolutionary theory I make a (...)
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    The Invention of Consciousness.Nicholas Humphrey - 2020 - Topoi 39 (1):13-21.
    In English we use the word “invention” in two ways. First, to mean a new device or process developed by experimentation, and designed to fulfill a practical goal. Second, to mean a mental fabrication, especially a falsehood, designed to please or persuade. In this paper I argue that human consciousness is an invention in both respects. First, it is a cognitive faculty, evolved by natural selection, designed to help us make sense of ourselves and our surroundings. But then, second, it (...)
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    Contents.Nicholas Humphrey - 2011 - In Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness. Princeton University Press.
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    Easy Does It: A Soft Landing for Consciousness.N. Humphrey - 2019 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 26 (9-10):105-114.
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  11. Speaking for Ourselves.N. Humphrey & Daniel C. Dennett - 1989 - Raritan 9:68-98.
    _Raritan: A Quarterly Review_ , IX, 68-98, Summer 1989. Reprinted (with footnotes), _Occasional Paper #8_ , Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 1991; Daniel Kolak and R. Martin, eds., _Self & Identity: Contemporary Philosophical Issues_ , Macmillan, 1991.
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  12. Introduction: Science Looks at Fairness.Nicholas Humphrey - 2006 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 73 (2):345-347.
     
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  13. The Privatization of Sensation.Nicholas Humphrey - 2000 - In Celia Heyes & Ludwig Huber (eds.), The Evolution of Cognition. MIT Press. pp. 241--252.
    It is the ambition of evolutionary psychology to explain how the basic features of human mental life came to be selected because of their contribution to biological survival. Counted among the most basic must be the subjective qualities of conscious sensory experience: the felt redness we experience on looking at a ripe tomato, the felt saltiness on tasting an anchovy, the felt pain on being pricked by a thorn. But, as many theorists acknowledge, with these qualia, the ambition of evolutionary (...)
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  14. Great Expectations: The Evolutionary Psychology of Faith- Healing and the Placebo Effect.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    I said that the cure itself is a certain leaf, but in addition to the drug there is a certain charm, which if someone chants when he makes use of it, the medicine altogether restores him to health, but without the charm there is no profit from the leaf.
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    Redder Than Red Illusionism or Phenomenal Surrealism?N. Humphrey - 2016 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 23 (11-12):116-123.
    Sensations represent our subjective 'take' on sensory stimulation — how we feel about red light falling on the retina, salt dissolving on the tongue, a thorn piercing the skin. They tell — in the language of phenomenal properties -- what the experience is like for us. In so far as they represent the reality of this subjective relationship, they cannot be said to be illusory. The relationship, magical as it may seem, is not being misrepresented as something it is not. (...)
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  16. Vision in a Monkey Without Striate Cortex: A Case Study.Nicholas Humphrey - 1974 - Perception 3 (3):241-55.
    Abstract. A rhesus monkey, Helen, from whom the striate cortex was almost totally removed, was studied intensively over a period of 8 years. During this time she regained an effective, though limited, degree of visually guided behaviour. The evidence suggests that while Helen suffered a permanent loss of `focal vision she retained (initially unexpressed) the capacity for `ambient vision.
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  17. Speaking for Our Selves: An Assessment of Multiple Personality Disorder.Nicholas Humphrey & Daniel C. Dennett - 1989 - Raritan 9 (1):68-98.
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    The Colour Currency of Nature.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    Mankind as a species has little reason to boast about his sensory capacities. A dog's sense of smell, a bat's hearing, a hawk's visual acuity are all superior to our own. But in one respect we may justifiably be vain: our ability to see colours is a match for any other animal. In this respect we have in fact surprisingly few rivals. Among mammals only our nearest relatives, the monkeys and apes, share our ability – all others are nearly or (...)
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    Cave Art, Autism, and the Evolution of the Human Mind.Nicholas Humphrey - 1999 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (6-7):6-7.
    The emergence of cave art in Europe about 30,000 years ago is widely believed to be evidence that by this time human beings had developed sophisticated capacities for symbolization and communication. However, comparison of the cave art with the drawings made by a young autistic girl, Nadia, reveals surprising similarities in content and style. Nadia, despite her graphic skills, was mentally defective and had virtually no language. I argue in the light of this comparison that the existence of the cave (...)
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    The Mind Made Flesh: Frontiers of Psychology and Evolution.Nicholas Humphrey - unknown
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    Index.Nicholas Humphrey - 2011 - In Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness. Princeton University Press. pp. 239-243.
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  22. Doing It My Way: Sensation, Perception – and Feeling Red.Nicholas Humphrey - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (5):987-987.
    The theory presented here is a near neighbour of Humphrey's theory of sensations as actions. O'Regan & Noë have opened up remarkable new possibilities. But they have missed a trick by not making more of the distinction between sensation and perception; and some of their particular proposals for how we use our eyes to represent visual properties are not only implausible but would, if true, isolate vision from other sensory modalities and do little to explain the phenomenology of conscious experience (...)
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    The Society of Selves.Nicholas Humphrey - 2007 - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 362 (1480):745-754.
    Human beings are not only the most sociable animals on Earth, but also the only animals that have to ponder the separateness that comes with having a conscious self. The philosophical problem of ‘other minds’ nags away at people’s sense of who—and why—they are. But the privacy of consciousness has an evolutionary history—and maybe even an evolutionary function. While recognizing the importance to humans of mind-reading and psychic transparency, we should consider the consequences and possible benefits of being—ultimately—psychically opaque.
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    The Mind Made Flesh: Essays From the Frontiers of Psychology and Evolution.N. Humphrey - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    Nicholas Humphrey's writings about the evolution of the mind have done much to set the agenda for contemporary psychology.
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    Nature's Psychologists.Nicholas K. Humphrey - 1980 - In Brian Josephson & Vilayanur S. Ramachandran (eds.), [Book Chapter]. Pergamon Press. pp. 57--80.
  26. The Uses of Consciousness.Nicholas Humphrey - unknown
    Reflexive consciousness evolved in the context of early human social life, as a means by which 'natural psychologists' could develop working models of their own and others' minds.
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    The Deformed Transformed.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    And Jesus said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God... There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or (...)
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    The Inner Eye: Social Intelligence in Evolution.Nicholas Humphrey - 2002 - Oxford University Press.
    Easy to read, adorned with Mel Calman's brilliant illustrations, passionately argued, yet never less than scientifically profound, this book remains the...
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    A Riddle Written on the Brain.N. Humphrey - 2016 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 23 (7-8):278-287.
    The sensation of red light falling on your eyes has something in common with the experience of looking at a cartoon in the New Yorker. The phenomenal quality of the sensation and the funniness of the joke are both properties of your subjective take on an external event and both arise in two steps. With sensations, your brain responds to signals from bodily sense organs with an internalized evaluative response; your mind reads this response and represents what it's like as (...)
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    This Chimp Will Kick Your Ass at Memory Games–but How the Hell Does He Do It?Nicholas Humphrey - 2012 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 16 (7):353-355.
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    Blocking Out the Distinction Between Sensation and Perception: Superblindsight and the Case of Helen.Nicholas Humphrey - 1995 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (2):257-258.
    Block's notion of P-consciousness catches too much in its net. He would do better to exclude all states that do not have a sensory component. I question what he says about my work with the “blind” monkey, Helen.
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    Varieties of Altruism - and the Common Ground Between Them.Nicholas Humphrey - 1997 - Social Research 64.
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    Seeing Red: A Postscript.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    One day someone will write a book that explains consciousness. The book will put forward a theory that closes the “explanatory gap” between conscious experience and brain activity, by showing how a brain state could in principle amount to a state of consciousness. But it will do more. It will demonstrate just why this particular brain state has to be this particular experience. As Dan Lloyd puts it in his philosophical novel, Radiant Cool: “What we need is a transparent theory. (...)
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    Dreaming as Play.Nicholas Humphrey - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (6):953-953.
    Dreaming can provide a marvelous opportunity for the “playful” exploration of dramatic events. But the chance to learn to deal with danger is only a small part of it. More important is the chance to discover what it is like to be the subject of strange but humanly significant mental states. [Revonsuo].
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  35. In Reply [Reply to Commentaries on "How to Solve the Mind-Body Problem"].Nicholas Humphrey - 2000 - Humphrey, Nicholas (2000) in Reply [Reply to Commentaries on "How to Solve the Mind-Body Problem"]. [Journal (Paginated)] 7 (4):98-112.
    Response to commentaries on ‘How to Solve the Mind Body Problem’ by Andy Clark, Daniel Dennett, Naomi Elian, Ralph Ellis, Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Stevan Harnad, Natika Newton, Christian de Quincey, Carol Rovane and Robert van Gulick.
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  36. Consciousness: A Just-so Story.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
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    Human Hand-Walkers: Five Siblings Who Never Stood Up.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    Human beings begin life as quadrupeds, crawling on all fours, but none has ever been known to retain this gait and develop it into a proficient replacement for adult bipedality. We report the case of a family in which five siblings, who suffer from a rare form of cerebellar ataxia, are still quadrupeds as adults - walking and running on their feet and wrists. We describe the remarkable features of this gait, discuss how it has developed in the members of (...)
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    Thinking About Feeling.Nicholas Humphrey - 2002 - In G. Richard (ed.), [Book Chapter]. Oxford University Press.
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    The Apparent Heaviness of Colours.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    visually or directly by hand 3,3•4, and the `weighing' of half-inch "The apparent weight of colours . Pictures are often said to circles of coloured paper at either end of a simulated balance have a centre of gravity, perhaps determined by the way the..
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  40. Consciousness: The Achilles Heel of Darwinism? Thank God, Not Quite.Nicholas Humphrey - 2006 - In John Brockman (ed.), Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement. Vintage.
    William Paley in his famous statement in 1800 of the Argument from Design, imagined that he found a watch lying on a heath and set to wondering how it came to be there. “The inference is inevitable, that the watch must have had a maker: that there must have existed, at some time, and at some place or other, an artificer or artificers who formed it for the purpose which.
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    Shamans as Healers: When Magical Structure Becomes Practical Function.Nicholas Humphrey - 2018 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41.
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    One Self: A Meditation on the Unity of Consciousness.N. Humphrey - 2000 - Social Research 67 (4):1059-1066.
    What unites the many selves that constitute the human mind? How is the self-binding problem solved? I argue that separate selves come to belong together as one Self as a result of their dynamic participation in creating a single life, rather as the members of an orchestra come to belong together as a result of their jointly creating a single work of music.
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  43. Introduction: Histories.Nicholas Humphrey - 1995 - Social Research 62 (3):477-79.
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    The Application of Latent Class Analysis for Investigating Population Child Mental Health: A Systematic Review.Kimberly J. Petersen, Pamela Qualter & Neil Humphrey - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
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    Lies, Damned Lies and Anecdotal Evidence.Nicholas Humphrey - 1988 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11 (2):257-258.
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    One Self: A Meditation on the Unity of Consciousness. Social Research, 67, No. 4, 32-39, 2000.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    I am looking at my baby son, as he thrashes around in his crib, two arms flailing, hands grasping randomly, legs kicking the air, head and eyes turning this way and that, a smile followed by a grimace crossing his face. . . And I’m wondering: what is it like to be him? What is he feeling now? What kind of experience is he having of himself?
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    Commentary on Michael Winkelman, 'Shamanism and Cognitive Evolution'.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    ‘The shamanic context of cave art is attested by a number of features’, Michael Winkelman writes (p.6); and, scarcely pausing for breath, he proceeds to reel off as if they were matters of established fact a list of co njectures about the authorship and meaning of ice-age cave paintings. We are t o conclude, without question apparently, that ‘cave art images represent shamanic activities and altered states of consciousness, and the subterranean rock art sites were used for shamanic vision questing’ (...)
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    Now You See It, Now You Don't.Nicholas Humphrey - unknown
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    Getting the Measure of Consciousness.Nicholas Humphrey - manuscript
    The hard problem of consciousness is to explain the experience of qualia. But everything gets easier once we realise that what has to be explained is not how qualia can exist as objective entities but rather why the conscious subject should believe that they exist. This essay lays out a programme for doing this. It makes radical proposals as to how the “qualia illusion” is created, and why sustaining this illusion is biologically adaptive.
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    Person as Moral Scientist.Nicholas Humphrey - 2010 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (4):340.
    Scientists are generally more moral, and moralists more scientific, than Knobe suggests. His own experiments show that people, rather than making unscientific judgements about the moral intentions of others, are behaving as good Bayesians who take account of prior knowledge.
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