• by Susan Blackmore
  • Narrated by Tamara Marston
  • 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"The last great mystery for science," consciousness has become a controversial topic.
Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction challenges listeners to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion? Exciting new developments in brain science are opening up these debates, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers.
This audiobook clarifies the potentially confusing arguments and clearly describes the major theories. Topics include vision and attention, theories of self, experiments on action and awareness, altered states of consciousness, and the effects of brain damage and drugs.
This lively, engaging, and authoritative audiobook provides a clear overview of the subject that combines the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience - and serves as a much-needed launch pad for further exploration of this complicated and unsolved issue.


Audible Editor Reviews

An ideal starting point for those interested in learning more about human consciousness, accomplished British author Susan Blackmore provides a cohesive, astutely written primer that addresses the neurological, psychological, and philosophical issues surrounding the increasingly popular and sometimes unclassifiable area of study, including, but not limited to, explorations of free will, self-awareness, obscure medical conditions, and drug-induced hallucinations.
Tamara Marston’s pleasant, energetic tone elevates Blackmore’s already accessible prose, making for an illuminating and informative listen.


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting read (listen). Thought provoking & informative. Very much enjoyed and will no doubt listen to again. Recommended.
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- Alan Roche

Good but bias

it explored the questions well, gave food for for thought, but I feel was quite biased. The author was on an atheist missionary trip and did well to misrepresent the positions of some religions.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios