shopping cart
nothing in cart
 
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
home
about us
upcoming events
Apr 6th - *online* EFT for PTSD and Complex PTSD [Ananda Mental Health Workshops]
Apr 16th - *canceled* 14th Annual Risk & Recovery Forensic Conference [St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University]
Apr 16th - Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to Treat Emotion Dysregulation * Rescheduled to Sept 24-25 [MAGentix]
Apr 18th - DBT: Beyond the Basics * rescheduled to September 26th [MAGentix]
Apr 20th - *canceled* Getting Unstuck: Processing trauma-induced guilt and shame [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Reviews

The Consciousness Instinct
2018-06-25

I am obsessed with accounts of consciousness - I came to Caversham from the philosophy of mind and cognitive science side of the family. Gazzaniga’s new book, The Consciousness Instinct is a fun and exciting addition to the field. Consciousness is the mystery (the so-called ‘hard problem’) precisely because it represents the interface between the subjective experience and the objective world. Many folks who are hard-core materialists, who think that all things have straight-forward scientific explanations, get weak in the knees when it comes to explaining consciousness. Not so with Mr. Gazzaniga, he dives right in and embraces the mystery. The scope of this book is, frankly, epic. He goes back to the dawn of life itself, to show how physical systems can be both self-determining and deterministic. Even more interesting are his arguments about the modularity of consciousness (and indeed all brain systems). Rather than thinking of consciousness as hard to define, he thinks it’s actually harder to kill off - consciousness seems to persist even when everything else in the brain and body has failed, such as in dementia. And although he initially seems to be dismissive of top-down views (rather than bio-mechanical), his arguments about the mind’s semantic and symbolic processing seem to leave more than enough room for psychoanalysis and other interpretive disciplines. Overall, a great read! -karl

by: Michael Gazzaniga

Click here to reach the Caversham Booksellers News & Discussion site, and read about authors, books, publishing, conferences and psychology on the web. You'll find a link to a Calendar of Events - see upcoming workshops and conferences; add new event listings as you hear of them. We've also added a News Feed and a Web Search using the Open Directory Project categories.

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2019

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail [email protected]
Hours: 9-6 M-W / 9-7 Th-F / 10-6 Sat / 12-5 Sun EST

search
Click here to read previous issues.
More Reviews
Anxiety: Calming the Chaos Within
Bridge Over the River Why
After the War
Treating the Adult survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse: a Psychoanalytic Perspective
Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
F*ck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems by Michael I. Bennett and Sarah Benn
The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
Be More Cat: Life Lessons from Our Feline Friends by Alison Davies
Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit by Lynn Ghel