The Idea of Consciousness examines the problem of how the working of synaptic connections might give rise to consciousness, and describes the current neuroscientific concepts and techniques used to identify and explore those parts of the brain that may be involved. This book will serve as an invaluable and stimulating introduction to the subject. Beautifully illustrated, it is a must for anyone who is curious about consciousness.

1. An Introduction to Consciousness and the Brain 2. Syntax, Sematics and Qualia in Consciousness 3. The holistic Nature of Consciousness 4. The Consciousness of Muscular Effort and Movement 5. The Distortion of Consciousness 6. The Evolution of Consciousness 7. Consciousness and Quantum Mechanics An Epilogue: Blade Runner or Einstein?