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QUOTATIONS ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS
FROM THE BOOK =
THE HUMAN BRAIN BOOK

January 13, 2019

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BOOK PUBLICATION DATA

[4] THE HUMAN BRAIN BOOK:
An Illustrated Guide to Its
Structure, Function, and Disorders


by Rita Carter.
Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2009 1st ed.
and 2014 2nd ed. (264 pages)


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QUOTATIONS ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS

Note = [See the Index in the 2014 revised edition] (257)

"Consciousness is essential: without consciousness, life would have no meaning." (176)

"Consciousness is like nothing else. A thought, feeling, or idea seems to be a different kind of thing from the physical objects that make up the rest of the universe." (176)

"According to the materialist theory, consciousness is part of the material universe. It is identical to the brain activity that correlates with it." (176)

"Consciousness developed when cognitive mechanisms evolved, but only as a result of them, rather than for any purpose of its own." (176)

"There are types and levels of consciousness. Consciousness has different modes, such as emotions, sensations, thoughts, and perceptions, which are all experienced at different levels of neural activity, focus, and concentration." (177)

"The 'level of neural activity' determines the intensity of consciousness." (177)

"The direction of focus can be towards the outside world or the inner world [such as thinking about thinking = metathinking] ... Concentration can be loosely targeted, involving a range of objects or fixed, involving just one particular aspect." (177)

"Consciousness can also be separated into three types of awareness: (1) Awareness in the moment, where the brain registers and reacts to moment-by-moment events but does not encode them in memory; (2) Conscious awareness, where events are registered and encoded in memory; and (3) Self-consciousness, where events are registered and remembered as a person is conscious of doing them." (177)

"Most conscious thinking is expressed or formulated (couched) in language." (177)

"Words function as symbolic 'handles' that are used to grasp the objects that they represent. However, about 25 percent of thoughts are experienced as sensations or perceptions (without being expressed in words)." (177)

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