Paper 3: Theories of consciousness

The third assignment is as follows:

"Consider one theory of the nature of consciousness, its adaptive function---or lack thereof---and its evolutionary history, if applicable. This theory should be drawn from a published source, such as a book or journal article. Provide a support or critique of this theory. 10 pages."

To help find appropriate sources for this assignment, I present here a partial list of books and articles that may be relevant. For books I have included links to Amazon.com; I do this not because I want you to shop at Amazon, but because the necessary publisher, author, and date information is all listed there, along with reviews for many of the books. None of these works are necessarily the last word on consciousness, and indeed that is the point---each of them has strengths and weaknesses. Each explains some things and leaves others unexplained. Finding these strengths and weaknesses is a good approach for your paper.

Christof Koch (2004) The Quest for Consciousness

Susan Blackmore (2003) Consciousness: An Introduction

Gerald Edelman (2004) Wider than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness

Gerald Edelman and Giulio Tononi (2001) A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination

Antonio Damasio (2000) The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness

Robert Solso (2004) The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain

Daniel Dennett (1992) Consciousness Explained. Back Bay Books, Boston

John R. Searle (1997) The Mystery of Consciousness. New York Review of Books, New York

David J. Chalmers (1997) The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory Oxford University Press, New York