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The Unity of ConsciousnessBinding, Integration, and Dissociation$
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Axel Cleeremans and Chris Frith

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508571.001.0001

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Neural synchrony and the unity of mind: a neurophenomenological perspective

Neural synchrony and the unity of mind: a neurophenomenological perspective

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(p.266) Chapter 4.2 Neural synchrony and the unity of mind: a neurophenomenological perspective
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The Unity of Consciousness
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Francisco J. Varela

Evan Thompson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508571.003.0014

This chapter intends to present a fresh approach to research on neural synchrony and the unity of mind and consciousness through a consideration of the place of mind in the network of natural causality. In particular, beyond the mechanisms of neural synchrony, it considers the issue of the causal efficacy of consciousness — that aspect of consciousness in virtue of which human beings (and other animals) qualify as conscious agents. The approach is to reconsider neural synchrony and consciousness within the context of two key concepts: emergence (or emergent processes) and embodiment.

Keywords:   neural synchrony, unity of mind, unity of consciousness, causal efficacy, emergent processes, embodiment

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