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Consciousness and the Physical World: Edited Proceedings of an Interdisciplinary Symposium on Consciousness Held at the University of Cambridge in January 1978

Josephson, B.D., & Ramachandran, V.S. (Eds.).

 The stated purpose of this conference was "to make a scientific study of subjective experience and to explore the relationships between subjective experience and the objective world" (p. 19). There are 11 contributions, an introduction, and an afterword. Discussants' remarks are given after each paper. The contributors were G. Vesey, R.L. Gregory, H.C. Longuet-Higgins, N.K. Humphrey, H.B. Barlow, D.M. Mackay, B.D. Josephson, M. Roth, V.S. Ramachandran, S. Padfield, and M.J. Morgan. In the Foreword, F.J. Dyson labels the authors as "animists." He explains: "They are not willing to exclude a priori the possibility that mind and consciousness may have an equal status with matter and energy in the design of the universe. They are trying to extend the boundaries of scientific discourse so that the subjective concepts of personal identity and purpose may come within its scope" (p. vii). Psi is only touched on in a few papers, but one contribution is by psychic Suzanne Padfield: "Mind-Matter Interaction in the Psychokinetic Experience."
Publisher Information:Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press, 1980. 203p. Chapter references; Name index: 199-200; Subject index: 201-203
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