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Toward a Science of Consciousness: Journey to the Centers of the Mind

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 26 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1090
  1. Stuart W G Derbyshire

    Susan A Greenfield W H Freeman, £17.95, pp 221 ISBN 0 7167 2723 4

    Materialist interpretations of personality and human behaviour are becoming increasingly popular as the trend towards biological psychiatry continues. Within this framework discussion of the materialist basis of human consciousness has been revived, spawning several publications. Among the most recent is Greenfield's Journey to the Centers of the Mind. Books on human consciousness largely follow a similar pattern: all tend to exaggerate the problem, speculate wildly around their claims for a solution, and then collapse in failure a few pages before the end. Greenfield's journey, while enjoyable and readable, is sadly no …

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