The Limits of Consciousness - A Conversation with Martin Monti

by Howard Burton (Author)
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Martin Monti, Associate Professor in Psychology and Neurosurgery, Brain Injury Research Centre, UCLA. This extensive conversation examines Martin Monti’s innovative work with patients who are in a vegetative state or minimally conscious state which has led to some surprising results that might well prove to be integral to our development of a deeper understanding of consciousness.This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Collective Unconscious, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:I. Dualism and Science Journalism - Changing hearts and brainsII. Inside The Other - A constant concernIII. The Vegetative State - Evolving understandingIV. Probing Vegetative States - Some experimental detailsV. Beyond Reflex - A thin lineVI. Assessing Consciousness - Unlikely tennis players VII. Extracting Information - Two types of controls VIII. Quantifying Consciousness- Towards more rigorous models IX. Interdisciplinary Interlude - Mathematics, cognitive science and other issues X. Language and Thought - The Whorfian Hypothesis and Italian footballXI. Structural Similarities? - Comparing language, mathematics and musicXII. What Makes Us Human - In search of distinctionAbout Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series: This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website:

Publication date
September 30, 2020
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