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Consciousness: Creeping up on the hard problem

Jeffrey Gray


How does conscious experience arise out of the functioning of the human brain? How is it related to the behaviour that it accompanies? How does the perceived world relate to the real world? Between them, these three questions constitute what is commonly known as the Hard Problem of consciousness. Despite vast knowledge of the relationship between brain and behaviour, and rapid advances in our knowledge of how brain activity correlates with conscious experience, the answers to all three questions remain controversial, even mysterious. This book analyses these core issues and reviews the evidenc ... More

Keywords: conscious experience, human brain, behaviour, perceived world, real world, Hard Problem, consciousness, brain activity, physical reality, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198520917
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520917.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Gray, author
formerly at the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill, London, UK