Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind

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I have put together the following references for those readers who want to obtain additional background or follow up an idea. Where I have mentioned some recent original work in the text, I have attempted to cite a paper and hold at least to the minimal requirements of scholarship.For extensive bibliographies, the reader may consult those in my trilogy on morphology and mind: Topobiology, Neural Darwinism, and The Remembered Present (all published by BasicBooks and listed below).The comments following the given references may be useful to some readers. They reflect my personal opinions but are not at all complete.
CHAPTER 1
JAMES W. The Principles of Psychology, 1890. Reprint. New York: Dover, 1950.

A monumental work by one of the founders of experimental psychology. Contains penetrating descriptions and analyses, as well as strong personal opinions.

JAMES W. "Does Consciousness Exist?" In The Writings of William James, ed. J. J. McDermott . Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977, 169-83.

A seminal work that makes the case that consciousness is a process, not a thing or substance.

FLANAGAN O. J., JR. The Science of the Mind, 2nd ed. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1991.

A nice survey of the thoughts and work of modern psychologists, with a balanced assessment of their present standing.

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