The Sea of Consciousness

The Sea of Consciousness

This is a volume of historical importance that could well signal the ultimate rehabilitation of George Adamski's reputation.

Author: Gerard Aartsen

Publisher:

ISBN: 9090316957

Category: Philosophy

Page: 114

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George Adamski's lost debut puts his teaching on par with 21st-century science Until it was wrested from the mists of time, The Invisible Ocean (1932) was unknown to even Adamski's most dedicated students. Depicting cosmos as a sea of consciousness in which life expresses itself at its multifarious levels of manifestation, it shows that Adamski's interest and teaching were consistent throughout his life and, if anything, only matured in their expression. In The Sea of Consciousness Gerard Aartsen presents George Adamski's earliest teaching in the context of systems science -- which holds that nothing is separate, that everything interacts and evolves as an integral system -- and reveals how Adamski's philosophy and teaching were far ahead of their time. Reading Adamski's first publication alongside the insights from the very forefront of 21st-century scientific thinking should prompt a complete reassessment of his work on the part of everyone who is less than convinced that Adamski could be speaking from a higher level of understanding than most of us have access to. This is a volume of historical importance that could well signal the ultimate rehabilitation of George Adamski's reputation. About the author: Gerard Aartsen is a lifelong student of the Ageless Wisdom teaching and the author of four books about the extraterrestrial presence that have all been published in multiple languages. His work is based on the paradigm that Life is universal and One, expressing itself through the evolution of consciousness at all levels of existence, and that humanity must begin to manifest its oneness in diversity in order to survive and thrive.
Categories: Philosophy

Other Minds

Other Minds

Philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith dons a wet suit and journeys into the depths of consciousness in Other Minds Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant ...

Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith

Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374537194

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Page: 272

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Named a Top Ten Science Book of Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant from our own? What does it mean that evolution built minds not once but at least twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being how nature became aware of itself. As Godfrey-Smith stresses, it is a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind s fitful development, Godfrey-Smith shows how unruly clumps of seaborne cells began living together and became capable of sensing, acting, and signaling. As these primitive organisms became more entangled with others, they grew more complicated. The first nervous systems evolved, probably in ancient relatives of jellyfish; later on, the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous mollusks, abandoned their shells and rose above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so. Taking an independent route, mammals and birds later began their own evolutionary journeys. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? Drawing on the latest scientific research and his own scuba-diving adventures, Godfrey-Smith probes the many mysteries that surround the lineage. How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually think for themselves ? What happens when some octopuses abandon their hermit-like ways and congregate, as they do in a unique location off the coast of Australia? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind and on our own. "
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Become a Magnet to Money Through the Sea of Unlimited Consciousness

Become a Magnet to Money Through the Sea of Unlimited Consciousness

NEW BOOK By the best selling author and Teacher of The Secret Bob Proctor and best selling author M.A.Blood. This powerful book is destined to become a classic for seekers of Truth.

Author: Bob Proctor

Publisher: Musivation

ISBN: 9781890679460

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 226

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NEW BOOK By the best selling author and Teacher of The Secret Bob Proctor and best selling author M.A.Blood. This powerful book is destined to become a classic for seekers of Truth. For seekers who truly wish to learn how to manifest success and prosperity into their lives beyond the Law of Attraction and who also wish to delve deeper into their Divine Nature and Soul's journey and purpose; This book will become a classic. It breaks down the often confusing language of eastern philosophies so that anyone wishing to know where they are in consciouness will understand intellectually and for others it will be transmiited esoterically.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Image of the Sea

Image of the Sea

This book explores the unprecedented surge or oceanic feeling in the aesthetic expression of the romantic century.

Author: Howard F. Isham

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820467278

Category: Art

Page: 415

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This book explores the unprecedented surge or oceanic feeling in the aesthetic expression of the romantic century. As secular thought began to displace the certainties of a sacral universe, the oceans that give life to our planet offered a symbol of eternity, rooted in the experience of nature rather than Biblical tradition. Images of the sea permeated the minds of the early Romantics, became a significant ingredient of romantic expression, and continued to emerge in the language, literature, art, and music of the nineteenth century. These pages document the evidence for this oceanic consciousness in some of the most creative minds of that century.
Categories: Art

The Sea of Sensitivity

The Sea of Sensitivity

Wonder is the invisible component of transformation.

Author: Don C. Nix

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462061680

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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Wonder is the invisible component of transformation. It is a special kind of consciousness, an expanded state that involves both the mind and the heart. It focuses the mind on generative Being, and produces a subtle thrill throughout the mind and body, as perceptions of and connection to the Cosmos emerge in experience. Wonder opens the mind to Being, and the body to experiences of depth and sacredness. If the state persists for any length of time, it will create experiences of mystery and infinity. It opens the eyes. It opens the heart. It generates gratitude, as we contemplate the grace cascading upon us, and perceive ourselves in a context of Vastness. It causes us, for a moment, to step outside of our separateness and open ourselves to the Cosmos. Wonder is vastly under-rated. It is not usually considered in the list of human experiences that we consider to be important states in life, such as love, compassion and joy. It deserves more of our attention, however, because wonder is a unique door opening, a portal to connection with the invisible, living, generative Field of Being that surrounds us and sustains our life on this Earth. Wonder is, in the moment, a heightened sensitivity to the miraculous that enfolds us every moment that we are alive. It lifts us out of our torpor. If we can wake ourselves from our sleep, we will find ourselves living in a perpetual state of wonder.
Categories: Religion

Swimming in the Ocean of Consciousness

Swimming in the Ocean of Consciousness

Elsio Eybrecht takes you on a journey into what he calls the Sea of Consciousness, as a starting point for finding enlightenment and the higher Self.

Author: Elsio Eybrecht

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781982234287

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 76

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Are you ready to take a swim in the Ocean of Consciousness? Do you long for clarity? Happiness? Maybe there is an elusive goal that you have had difficulty reaching? To be the person you want to be, on the terms you want, you need to engage your mental, emotional and physical “Self.” If you have ever felt as though you were plateaued or just plain stuck in one or more areas of your life, Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach Elsio Eybrecht explains how to get unstuck and achieve the life you desire and deserve. He takes you by the hand and guides you on a swim in the Ocean of Consciousness to discover your true “Self.” Eybrecht has spent a lifetime pursuing excellence in both his professional and personal life. Swimming in the Ocean of Consciousness is a step-by-step plan to help others attain the same results in less time. From guided meditations to self-evaluation checklists, he kick-starts the reader on his or her own path to greatness. His philosophy begins with reshaping the mindset as the first step to changing one’s life. Eybrecht calls upon his personal experiences as well as knowledge acquired from mentors to work through the unexpected and the negative circumstances that seemingly knock people off kilter and are the sources of most struggle. He is a teacher crafted from the experience of rebuilding his own life from the ground up on more than one occasion and from more than one type of circumstance. His journey has been one of physical battles, spiritual questioning and emotional scars. Like most of people, Eybrecht has had his share of challenges, however he has learned the methods necessary to do more than overcome. He has found that within failure lies one step closer to success. In this book, he shares his insight and clarity as a means of giving back to humanity. In Swimming in the Ocean of Consciousness, he invites the reader to embark on a journey beginning with the first steps necessary to produce the building skills required to create the best version of one’s “Self.”
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Seascapes Shaped by the Sea

Seascapes  Shaped by the Sea

This edited collection disrupts notions of the sea as ’other’, as foreign and featureless, through specific, situated accounts which highlight the centrality of the sea for the individuals concerned.

Author: Mike Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317058533

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Despite the fact that the sea covers 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, and is integral to the workings of the world, it has been largely neglected or perceived as marginal in modern consciousness. This edited collection disrupts notions of the sea as ’other’, as foreign and featureless, through specific, situated accounts which highlight the centrality of the sea for the individuals concerned. Bringing together academics who combine scholarly expertise with lived experiences on, in and with the sea, it examines humans’ relationships with the sea. Through the use of auto-ethnographic accounting, the contributors reflect on how the sea has shaped their sense of identity, belonging and connection. They examine what it is to be engaged with the sea, and narrate their lived, sentient, corporeal experiences. The sea is a cultural seascape just as it is physical reality. The sea shapes us and we, in turn, attempt to ’shape it’ as we construct various versions of it that reflect our on-going and mutable relationship with it. The use of embodied accounts, as a way of conveying lived-experiences, and the integration of relevant theoretical frames for understanding the broader cultural implications provide new opportunities to understand seascapes.
Categories: Social Science

Ocean in a Drop

Ocean in a Drop

OCEAN IN A DROP is a journey to self-realization.

Author: Thomas D. Stanks

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 151506641X

Category:

Page: 100

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OCEAN IN A DROP is a journey to self-realization. It guides the reader to expansion of consciousness through meditation. While using many authors to help on the way, it relies on one's own direct, immediate experience for the answer to, 'Who Am I?' The title OCEAN IN A DROP was inspired by a comment made by Lama Govinda. Instead of the drop slipping into the sea, the sea slips into the drop, the infinite into the finite, universal consciousness into the human vessel. "Ocean in a Drop," as used here, has two meanings. First, everything I need is already in me. I have but to explore and discover the tremendous sea that I am. Second, something needs to be dropped--namely mind, ego, authority because when I let go, I find all.
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William McDougall Explorer of the Mind

William McDougall  Explorer of the Mind

He told us how he had wrestled long and long with this notion of the compounding of consciousness, and how, approaching it now from the side of ...

Author: William McDougall

Publisher: New York : Garrett Publications

ISBN: UVA:X000983457

Category: Parapsychology

Page: 319

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Categories: Parapsychology

The Sea

The Sea

In exploring this most capricious of phenomena, David Farrell Krell engages the work of an array of thinkers and writers including, but not limited to, Homer, Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, Hölderlin, Melville, Woolf, ...

Author: David Farrell Krell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350076730

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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Humankind has a profound and complex relationship with the sea, a relationship that is extensively reflected in biology, psychology, religion, literature and poetry. The sea cradles and soothes us, we visit it often for solace and inspiration, it is familiar, being the place where life ultimately began. Yet the sea is also dark and mysterious and often spells catastrophe and death. The sea is a set of contradictions: kind, cruel, indifferent. She is a blind will that will 'have her way'. In exploring this most capricious of phenomena, David Farrell Krell engages the work of an array of thinkers and writers including, but not limited to, Homer, Thales, Anaximander, Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, Hölderlin, Melville, Woolf, Whitman, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Schelling, Ferenczi, Rank and Freud. The Sea explores the significance in Western civilization of the catastrophic and generative power of the sea and what humankind's complex relationship with it reveals about the human condition, human consciousness, temporality, striving, anxiety, happiness and mortality.
Categories: Philosophy

Cosmic Consciousness

Cosmic Consciousness

In the book he cites examples such as Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Dante, St Paul, Francis Bacon, William Blake, and his close friend Walt Whitman.

Author: M. D. Richard Maurice Bucke

Publisher:

ISBN: 1907355103

Category: Psychology

Page: 476

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Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind is Richard Bucke's theory that our mental states are evolving and that to date we have experienced three stages in the development of consciousness: the 'simple consciousness' of animals, the 'self-consciousness' of the vast majority of humans (reason, self awareness, imagination, etc.), and in some cases 'cosmic consciousness'; a mystical state of being beyond 'self consciousness' and the next stage of human development. Bucke hypothesized that 'cosmic consciousness' is slowly beginning to appear in humans and will eventually spread widely throughout the human race. He posited that certain notable individuals throughout history have demonstrated that they have attained 'cosmic consciousness'. In the book he cites examples such as Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Dante, St Paul, Francis Bacon, William Blake, and his close friend Walt Whitman. Whitman, an American poet and journalist described cosmic consciousness as 'ineffable light, light rare, untellable, light beyond all signs, descriptions and languages.' At the age of thirty-five Bucke found himself in this elevated mental state and he describes (in the third person) the manifestations leading up to it; '1. The person, suddenly, without warning, has a sense of being immersed in a flame, or rose-colored cloud, or perhaps rather a sense that the mind is itself filled with such a cloud of haze. 2. At the same instant he is, as it were, bathed in an emotion of joy, assurance, triumph, salvation. 3. Simultaneously or instantly following the above sense and emotional experiences there comes to the person an intellectual illumination quite impossible to describe. Like a flash there is presented to his consciousness a clear conception (a vision) in outline of the meaning and drift of the universe. He does not come to believe merely; but he sees and knows that the cosmos, which to the self conscious mind seems made up of dead matter, is in fact far otherwise-is in very truth a living presence. He sees that instead of men being, as it were, patches of life scattered through an infinite sea of non-living substance, they are in reality specks of relative death in an infinite ocean of life. He sees that the life which is in man is eternal, as all life is eternal; that the soul of man is as immortal as God is; that the universe is so built and ordered that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all; that the foundation principle of the world is what we call love, and that the happiness of every individual is in the long run absolutely certain.' He goes on to say, 'The person who passes through this experience will learn in the few minutes, or even moments, of its continuance more than in months or years of study, and he will learn much that no study ever taught or can teach.' After reading Bucke's writings, P. D. Ouspensky, the respected Russian Philosopher echoed his comments in his book Tertium Organum; 'Cosmic Consciousness is a third form, which is as far above Self Consciousness as is that above Simple Consciousness. The prime characteristic Cosmic Consciousness is, as its name implies, a consciousness of the cosmos, that is, of the life and order of the universe. Along with the consciousness of the cosmos there occurs an intellectual enlightenment or illumination which alone would place the individual on a new plane of existence-would make him almost a member of a new species.'
Categories: Psychology

The Sea Bed

The Sea Bed

Michel Varisco's magical photographs imagine the world of sea rise. Rodger Kamenetz's poems open a rich dialogue with the visual images about water, sea, drowning-- below the sea level of waking consciousness.

Author: Rodger Kamenetz

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798713791704

Category:

Page: 38

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Michel Varisco's magical photographs imagine the world of sea rise. Rodger Kamenetz's poems open a rich dialogue with the visual images about water, sea, drowning-- below the sea level of waking consciousness. Together poet and artist create a catalog of a world to come--that we must work hard to change.
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The Centaur

The Centaur

I He laughed good-naturedly, acknowledging the check.

Author: Algernon Blackwood

Publisher: 谷月社

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 294

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I He laughed good-naturedly, acknowledging the check. "I believe that to be the truth," he replied, his face instantly grave again. "It was the impression of uncommon bulk that heated my intuition—blessed if I know how—leading me to the other. The size of his body did not smother, as so often is the case with big people: rather, it revealed. At the moment I could conceive no possible connection, of course. Only this overwhelming attraction of the man's personality caught me and I longed to make friends. That's the way with me, as you know," he added, tossing the hair back from his forehead impatiently,"—pretty often. First impressions. Old man, I tell you, it was like a possession." "I believe you," I said. For Terence O'Malley all his life had never understood half measures.... II —WHITMAN III —THOREAU IV —HENRI BERGSON V VI VII VIII IX X —OLD SAYING XI XII XIII XIV XV XVI XVII XVIII XIX —JOSIAH ROYCE XX XXI XXII XXIII XXIV XXV XXVI XXVII XXVIII XXIX XXX —EMERSON XXXI XXXII XXXIII —E.B. BROWNING XXXIV XXXV XXXVI —W.E. HENLEY XXXVII —RICHARD JEFFERIES XXXVIII XXXIX XL XLI XLII XLIII XLIV XLV XLVI
Categories: Fiction

The Magic Of Affirmation Power

The Magic Of Affirmation Power

This book shows you how to transform your mindset​,​ raise your consciousness, and how to attract a fulfilling, positive, happy, successful life.

Author: Michele Blood

Publisher: Michele's Musivation International

ISBN: 9781890679958

Category: Self-Help

Page: 123

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You Can Become A Magnet To All Good Through: The Magic Of Affirmation Power “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – The Buddha The Buddha taught this over two and a half thousand years ago, so it’s not such a big secret. ​With our thoughts, we create the world. This book shows you how to transform your mindset​,​ raise your consciousness, and how to attract a fulfilling, positive, happy, successful life. It teaches you the fastest way to plant new, positive thoughts into the treasury of your magical mind. In this ebook, you will also receive links to over $60 of free success products.
Categories: Self-Help

The Sun over the Sea of Enlightenment

The Sun over the Sea of Enlightenment

The Sun over the Sea of Enlightenment is one of the influential works by Baek Yongseong 白龍城 (1864–1940), the prominent Buddhist monk who revived Seon Buddhism and led the New Buddhism movement.

Author: Baek Yongseong

Publisher: Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism

ISBN:

Category: Religion

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The Sun over the Sea of Enlightenment is one of the influential works by Baek Yongseong 白龍城 (1864–1940), the prominent Buddhist monk who revived Seon Buddhism and led the New Buddhism movement. This work offers an organized explanation of essential points of Buddhist doctrine and Seon practice. Baek Yongseong, who studied at the Three-Jewel monasteries of Korea, Tongdo Monastery 通度寺, Haein Monastery 海印寺, Songgwang Monastery 松廣寺, took the lead in the movement to establish the Imje Buddhist 臨濟宗 in 1911. He is also well known for having signed the Korean Declaration of Independence during the March First Movement as one of the thirty-three cultural and religious leaders. In 1920s, Baek Yongseong established the new religion of Daegakgyo (Teaching of Great Enlightenment) and translated Buddhist scriptures into modern Korean to spread Buddhism to the common people. He also played a significant role in founding the Seon monastic community to preserve and promote traditional Seon practice. In 1926, Baek Yongseong requested the Japanese Colonial Government to prohibit monastic marriage and meat-eating. The Sun over the Sea of Enlightenment is generally regarded the foudational scripture of Daegakgyo. Baek Yongseong explains in the preface that this work is so titled because the world of enlightenment applies to everything infinitely and equally just as does sunlight. This work is composed of sixty sections in three volumes and at the end the gist of the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch is added as an appendix along with its Korean translation. The first volume, consisting of the first eighteen sections, explains fundamental Buddhist doctrines and concepts such as tathāgatagarbha, consciousness-only, mind-only, cause and effect. The second volume, consisting of the next thirty-six sections, deals with contemplation practice and Ganhwa Seon, and offers the way to enlightenment describing that every phenomenon originates from the mind. The third volume, comprised of the remaining sections, suggests the right way of cultivating the mind by explaining how to do the meditative practice. The base text for the translation of this work is the printed edition published at Daegakgyodang in 1930.
Categories: Religion

Impossible Minds My Neurons My Consciousness Revised Edition

Impossible Minds  My Neurons  My Consciousness  Revised Edition

In this second edition, it is recognized that these arguments still stand, but that they have been taken much further by an increasing number of researchers.

Author: Igor Aleksander

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9781783265718

Category: Computers

Page: 452

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Impossible Minds: My Neurons, My Consciousness has been written to satisfy the curiosity each and every one of us has about our own consciousness. It takes the view that the neurons in our heads are the source of consciousness and attempts to explain how this happens. Although it talks of neural networks, it explains what they are and what they do in such a way that anyone may understand. While the topic is partly philosophical, the text makes no assumptions of prior knowledge of philosophy; and so contains easy excursions into the important ideas of philosophy that may be missing in the education of a computer scientist. The approach is pragmatic throughout; there are many references to material on experiments that were done in our laboratories.The first edition of the book was written to introduce curious readers to the way that the consciousness we all enjoy might depend on the networks of neurons that make up the brain. In this second edition, it is recognized that these arguments still stand, but that they have been taken much further by an increasing number of researchers. A post-script has now been written for each chapter to inform the reader of these developments and provide an up-to-date bibliography. A new epilogue has been written to summarize the state-of-the art of the search for consciousness in neural automata, for researchers in computation, students of philosophy, and anyone who is fascinated by what is one of the most engaging scientific endeavours of the day.This book also tells a story. A story of a land where people think that they are automata without much in the way of consciousness, a story of cormorants and cliffs by the sea, a story of what it might be like to be a conscious machine …
Categories: Computers

Coming To

Coming To

In Coming To, Timothy M. Harrison uncovers the forgotten role of poetry in the history of the idea of consciousness.

Author: Timothy M. Harrison

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226725260

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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In Coming To, Timothy M. Harrison uncovers the forgotten role of poetry in the history of the idea of consciousness. Drawing our attention to a sea change in the English seventeenth century, when, over the course of a half century, “conscience” made a sudden shift to “consciousness,” he traces a line that leads from the philosophy of René Descartes to the poetry of John Milton, from the prenatal memories of theologian Thomas Traherne to the unresolved perspective on natality, consciousness, and ethics in the philosophy of John Locke. Each of these figures responded to the first-person perspective by turning to the origins of how human thought began. Taken together, as Harrison shows, this unlikely group of thinkers sheds new light on the emergence of the concept of consciousness and the significance of human natality to central questions in the fields of literature, philosophy, and the history of science.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Metazoa

Metazoa

The story that results is as rich and vibrant as life itself.

Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374720186

Category: Science

Page: 352

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"Enthralling . . . breathtaking . . . Metazoa brings an extraordinary and astute look at our own mind’s essential link to the animal world." —The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) "A great book . . . [Godfrey-Smith is] brilliant at describing just what he sees, the patterns of behaviour of the animals he observes." —Nigel Warburton, Five Books The scuba-diving philosopher who wrote Other Minds explores the origins of animal consciousness Dip below the ocean’s surface and you are soon confronted by forms of life that could not seem more foreign to our own: sea sponges, soft corals, and serpulid worms, whose rooted bodies, intricate geometry, and flower-like appendages are more reminiscent of plant life or even architecture than anything recognizably animal. Yet these creatures are our cousins. As fellow members of the animal kingdom—the Metazoa—they can teach us much about the evolutionary origins of not only our bodies, but also our minds. In his acclaimed 2016 book, Other Minds, the philosopher and scuba diver Peter Godfrey-Smith explored the mind of the octopus—the closest thing to an intelligent alien on Earth. In Metazoa, Godfrey-Smith expands his inquiry to animals at large, investigating the evolution of subjective experience with the assistance of far-flung species. As he delves into what it feels like to perceive and interact with the world as other life-forms do, Godfrey-Smith shows that the appearance of the animal body well over half a billion years ago was a profound innovation that set life upon a new path. In accessible, riveting prose, he charts the ways that subsequent evolutionary developments—eyes that track, for example, and bodies that move through and manipulate the environment—shaped the subjective lives of animals. Following the evolutionary paths of a glass sponge, soft coral, banded shrimp, octopus, and fish, then moving onto land and the world of insects, birds, and primates like ourselves, Metazoa gathers their stories together in a way that bridges the gap between mind and matter, addressing one of the most vexing philosophical problems: that of consciousness. Combining vivid animal encounters with philosophical reflections and the latest news from biology, Metazoa reveals that even in our high-tech, AI-driven times, there is no understanding our minds without understanding nerves, muscles, and active bodies. The story that results is as rich and vibrant as life itself.
Categories: Science