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The Sentient Cell

The Cellular Foundations of Consciousness

Baluska, Frantisek (formerly Group Leader at the IZMB, formerly Group Leader at the IZMB, University of Bonn) & Reber, Arthur S. (Broeklundian Professor, Emeritus, Broeklundian Professor, Emeritus, Brooklyn College of CUNY) & Miller, William (, Physician in Academic and Private Practice)

The Sentient Cell

The Sentient Cell

The Cellular Foundations of Consciousness

The Sentient Cell

 

In this book, Arthur Reber's theory, the Cellular Basis of Consciousness (CBC), is outlined and distinguished from those models that argue that minds could be instantiated on artificial entities and those that maintain consciousness requires a nervous system.


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Beschrijving The Sentient Cell

All species, extant and extinct, from the simplest unicellular prokaryotes to humans, have an existential consciousness. Without sentience, the first cells that emerged some 4 billion years ago would have been evolutionary dead-ends, unable to survive in the chaotic, dangerous environment in which life first appeared and evolved. In this book, Arthur Reber's theory, the Cellular Basis of Consciousness (CBC), is outlined and distinguished from those models that argue that minds could be instantiated on artificial entities and those that maintain consciousness requires a nervous system.

The CBC framework takes a novel approach to classic topics such as the origin-of-life, philosophy of mind, the role of genes, the impact of cognition, and how biological information is processed by all species. It also calls for a rethinking of a variety of issues including the moral implications of the sentient capacities of all species, how welfare concerns need to be expanded beyond where they currently are, and critically, how all life is intertwined in a coordinated cognitive ecology.

The Sentient Cell explores this revolutionary model, which updates the standard neo-Darwinian framework within which current approaches operate and examines the underlying biomolecular features that are the likely candidates for the "invention" of consciousness and outline their role in cellular life.


ISBN
9780198873211
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
NUR
910
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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