Consciousness, Literature & the Arts

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Vol. 48, 2016

Introduction
On 10 January 2012 as Alan Gilbert led the New York Philharmonic in the fourth movement of Mahler's Ninth Symphony, a sublime moment of near silence, the concert was interrupted by the unmistakable sound of an iPhone's marimba ring tone. Faced with the...
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CHAPTER 3: The Phantom Limb: Specters, Trauma, and Meta-Body
the birds so sunstruck they were consumed by light,disembodied, turned into something sheer and fleet and scatter-bright.The Body Artist, 15Les martinets zigzaguaient encore,certains passaient au ras de ma fenetre,les flancs bleus, la gorge gonflée,leur...
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Vol. 47, 2016

CHAPTER 12: Human Autonomy and Light
We speak often of enlightenment and desire more light. But, my God, what good is all of this light when people either have no eyes or deliberately shut those they have?Georg CHRISTOPH lichtenberg, Notebook L, Aphorism 472, (1796)When asking if Mary Shelley's...
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CHAPTER 10: Electricity Sparks the Imagination
As a medical remedy, electricity was somewhat controversially deployed [in the 18th century] in the cure of various diseases, ranging from common toothache to palsy, dropsy, tetanus and gout. It was put forward especially as a rather less painful therapy...
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CHAPTER 13: Human Physiognomy, Psychology, and Brain Functions
The fact that the brain is the one immediate bodily condition of the mental operations is indeed so universally admitted nowadays that I need spend no more time in illustrating it, but will simply postulate it and pass on.... Bodily experiences, therefore,...
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CHAPTER 14: Technological Innovations and the Nervous System
The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.OSCAR wilde, The Critic as Artist (l89l)Listening to a train in 1854 Henry David Thoreau wrote: "I hear the iron horse make the hills echo with his snort like thunder, shaking the earth with his feet, and...
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CHAPTER 16: Perception and Frames of Reference
I too am not a bit tamed - I too am untranslatable.WALT WHITMAN, Song of Myself (1855)In Roger Ebert's review of the 1966 film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, he raised a problem well known in both art and science: how do we deduce things that are outside...
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List of Illustrations
1 Self-portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn (1665), Iveagh Bequest at Kenwood 52 Animal painting located in the Lascaux Cave (France, Upper Paleolithic) 203 Trephination from the cave of Nogert-les-Vierges (Neolithic period) 254 A surgeon trephining a patient's...
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CHAPTER 3: Ancient Foundations
What is it that, when present in a body, makes it living? - A soul.plato, Phaedo (105c)In the last chapter I noted that material objects have added new insights to the various veins of deep history. These traces delineate earlier views of the body, the...
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CHAPTER 11: The Promethean Human
It was on a dreary night of November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at...
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Index
Abernethy,John 132-133,173-175Abramson, Paul 18mAchilles 45Ackroyd, Peter 239Aeschylus 13?10,44-46aesthetics 6, 9-10, 14, 69, 100, 104, 112, 125, 127-129, 138, 143-145, 147-148, 185, 187-191, 193n10, 198-199, 217, 228, 236, 256, 271-272, 277, 290-291,...
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CHAPTER 15: The Possible, Improbable, and Realization of the Magical
[Medical] specialization came with a psychological price. It exacerbated the trend toward separating the body into its constituent parts. Neurologists looked at the brain, cardiologists at the heart. It was as if the body itself was breaking apart. Specialists...
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Vol. 46, 2016

CHAPTER 1: Introduction: From Hypnos to the Hypnoglyph
... slouthe doeth bryng drowsines. For which cause, S. Paul sayeth: surge qui dormis, arise thou which art a sleepe: and Christ crieth owt so often, videte, vigilate, looke about you, and wache.ROBERT PERSONS1§0.12. Labour hard in your Callings that...
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Index
acedia 48?103,69ad somnum 78?151Albers,Joseph 136allegory xv, 28, 121?70, 122?74, 123, 128-29?89, 135-37?109, 138, 156,170-71059 269, 280Alpers, Svetla?a 12?20, 305?5anapausis 4, 62, 83, 88, 107?36, 154androgyny xviii, 238, 248, 283, 289-90, 300, 302-03Appiah,...
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CHAPTER 5: Alternate Endymions, Other Ariadnes
Two elderly American women were vacationing in Scotland and chanced upon a sleeping Scotsman dressed in a traditional kilt. The women speculated as to whether or not he was wearing an undergarment beneath the kilt. Since the Scotsman was sleeping in...
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Vol. 45, 2015

2 Subjectivity. Pre-Reflection, Affect, Reason, and Understanding
Merleau-Ponty (1945a) argues that reflective life builds on unreflective life and, in doing so, that pre-reflection is primary to understanding. In this chapter, subjectivity is first comprehended through an inquiry into pre-reflection then affection,1...
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4 Stories of Art. Aesthetic Experience as Intrapellation
The task set out for this book is to give form and meaning to aesthetic experience. It is to "show that psychology can arrive at descriptions of aesthetic experience that are richer than classification language and more exact than most philosophical...
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5 Aesthetic Experience as a Challenge to Subjectivity and Aesthetic Theory
In the previous, empirical chapter, it was discovered that art works by means of intrapellation. This conclusion was proposed as a conclusion of general validity: if one has an aesthetic experience it is because one has had an experience of intrapellation....
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Introduction: Toward a Psychological Enfranchisement of Art
Rainer Maria Rilke wrote the poem Archaic Torso of Apollo in France in 1908. He was greatly inspired by August Rodin to whom he dedicated The New Poems II, the collection in which it first appeared. Apparently, Rilke was enthused by seeing a sculpture...
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Conclusion: The Subject of Aesthetics
"To undertake an inquiry into aesthetic experience may appear ambitious," began the French phenomenologist Mikel Dufrenne his book, The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience, from 1953. Now, more than fifty years later, this statement certainly appears...
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3 Methodological Considerations. from Singular Descriptions to General Explanations
Answers to the questions of how and why the subject experiences the aesthetic are traditionally found in a more theoretical realm. Since this book searches for an empirical reply, methodological concerns in such an unusual inquiry need explication. This...
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