This volume is the result of the third Appalachian Conference on Behavioral Neurodynamics which focused on the problem of scale in conscious experience. Set against the philosophical view of "eliminative materialism," the purpose of this conference was to facilitate communication among investigators who approach the study of consciousness and conscious phenomena from a variety of analytical levels.
One speculative outcome of the conference is that the columnar arrangement within primary sensory cortices may provide the local isolation necessary for nonlocal interactions to occur. In addition, the relationship between unit activity and field potentials within a circumscribed region of cortex may provide the other enigmatic aspect of neurophysiological nonlocality, namely, the common context in the macro scale. So instead of a problem looking for a solution, scale becomes a solution to a problem. Only further research will determine the utility of the ideas expressed here.
Table of Contents
Contents: J. King, Foreword. Part I:The Macrolevel: Issues. J.R. Searle, The Problem of Consciousness. B.J. MacLennan, The Investigation of Consciousness Through Phenomenology and Neuroscience. Part II:The Mesolevel: Neural Systems and Consciousness. L. Weiskrantz, Blindsight: Conscious vs. Unconscious Aspects. C.L. Colby, J.-R. Duhamel, Heterogeneity of Extrastriate Visual Areas and Multiple Parietal Areas in the Macaque Monkey. M. Mishkin, Cerebral Memory Circuits. E.K. Miller, Neocortical Mechanisms for Visual Memory. M.S.A. Graziano, C.G. Gross, From Eye to Hand. Part III:Microprocessing and the Nanolevel in the Neurodynamics of Consciousness. J.K. Chapin, M.A.L. Nicolelis, Beyond Single Unit Recording: Characterizing Neural Information in Networks of Simultaneously Recorded Neurons. M. SantaMaria, J. King, M. Xie, B. Zheng, K. Pribram, D. Doherty, Responses of Somatosensory Cortical Neurons to Spatial Frequency and Orientation: A Progress Report. J. Sutherland, Application Toolset for Holographic Neural Technology: An Overview. H.H. Szu, Attempts to Unify Chaos, Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks. S. Hameroff, R. Penrose, Orchestrated Reduction of Quantum Coherence in Brain Microtubules: A Model for Consciousness. Part IV:Quantum Physics, Quantum Neurodynamics and Consciousness. H.P. Stapp, Why Classical Mechanics Cannot Naturally Accommodate Consciousness But Quantum Mechanics Can. B.J. Hiley, Nonlocality in Microsystems. L.I. Gould, Quantum Dynamics and Neural Dynamics: Analogies Between the Formalisms of Bohm and Pribram. R.L. Amoroso, B.E. Martin, Modeling the Heisenberg Matrix: Quantum Coherence and Thought at the Holoscape Manifold and Deeper Complementarity. G. Vitiello, Dissipation and Brain. F. Frohlich, G.J. Hyland, Frohlich Coherence at the Mind-Brain Interface. K.H. Pribram, Afterword.
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