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Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook You

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Consciousness books.

1. The Origins and History of Consciousness (Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology) (2014)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouThe Origins and History of Consciousness draws on a full range of world mythology to show how individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as human consciousness as a whole. Erich Neumann was one of C. G. Jung’s most creative students and a renowned practitioner of analytical psychology in his own right. In this influential book, Neumann shows how the stages begin and end with the symbol of the Uroboros, the tail-eating serpent. The intermediate stages are projected in the universal myths of the World Creation, Great Mother, Separation of the…
Author(s): Erich Neumann, R. F.C. Hull, et al.

2. Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts (2014)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouHow does our brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking this mystery than ever before.In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. We can now pin down the neurons that fire when a person reports becoming aware of a piece of…
Author(s): Stanislas Dehaene

3. Genes vs Cultures vs Consciousness: A Brief Story of Our Computational Minds (2019)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouNever before had there been nearly as many scientists, resources or productive research focused on these topics, and humanity has achieved some understanding and some clarification. With the speed of progress it is timely to communicate an overreaching perspective, this book puts an emphasis on conveying the essential questions and what we know about their answers in a simple, clear and exciting way.Humans, along with the first RNA molecules, the first life forms, the first brains, the first conscious animals, the first societies and the first artificial agents constitute an…
Author(s): Andres Campero

4. Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth (2019)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook You Psychedelic medicines also known as entheogens are entering the mainstream. And it’s no wonder: despite having access to the latest wellness trends and advances in technology, we’re no healthier, happier, or more meaningfully connected. Psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, and LSD—as well as other time-tested techniques with the power to shift consciousness such as drumming, meditation, and vision quests—are now being recognized as potent catalysts for change and healing. But how do we ensure that we’re approaching them effectively? Françoise…
Author(s): Françoise Bourzat , Kristina Hunter, et al.

5. Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2018)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouConsciousness, “the last great mystery for science,” remains a hot topic. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion? Exciting new developments in brain science are continuing the debates on these issues, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers. This controversial book clarifies the potentially confusing arguments, and the major theories, whilst also outlining the amazing pace of…
Author(s): Susan Blackmore

6. Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (2017)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouAlthough mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant…
Author(s): Peter Godfrey-Smith

7. Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist (The MIT Press) (2017)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouWhat links conscious experience of pain, joy, color, and smell to bioelectrical activity in the brain? How can anything physical give rise to nonphysical, subjective, conscious states? Christof Koch has devoted much of his career to bridging the seemingly unbridgeable gap between the physics of the brain and phenomenal experience. This engaging book―part scientific overview, part memoir, part futurist speculation―describes Koch’s search for an empirical explanation for consciousness. Koch recounts not only the birth of the modern science of…
Author(s): Christof Koch

8. Consciousness: An Introduction (2nd ed.) (2011)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouNow in a new edition, this innovative text is the first volume to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies–from those rooted in traditional Western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience, quantum theory, and Eastern philosophy. Broadly interdisciplinary, Consciousness: An Introduction, Second Edition, is divided into nine sections that examine such topics as how subjective experiences arise from objective brain processes, the basic neuroscience and neuropathology of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, mystical experiences and dreams, and the effects of…
Author(s): Susan Blackmore

9. Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness (2011)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouIn trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics, the most successful theory in science and the basis of one-third of our economy. They found, to their embarrassment, that with their theory, physics encounters consciousness. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all this in non-technical terms with help from some fanciful stories and anecdotes about the theory’s developers. They present the quantum mystery honestly, emphasizing what is and what is not speculation. Quantum Enigma’s description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed….
Author(s): Bruce Rosenblum, Fred Kuttner

10. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (2000)

 Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook YouAt the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes’s still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion — and indeed our future. #38,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #45 in Humanist Philosophy #159 in Anatomy (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for…
Author(s): Julian Jaynes

Best Consciousness Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some consciousness books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Pleiadian Earth Energy Astrology: Charting the Spirals of Consciousness

Author(s): Pia Orleane,Cullen Baird Smith
ID: 2287953, Publisher: Bear & Company, Year: Nov 06, 2018, Size: 45 Mb, Format: epub

The Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: The 2011/2012 Prophecies and Nine Dimensions of Consciousness

Author(s): Barbara Hand Clow, Gerry Clow
ID: 2284749, Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing, Year: April 1, 2010, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Crystals Beyond Beginners: Awaken Your Consciousness with Precious Gifts from the Earth

Author(s): Margaret Ann Lembo
ID: 2327310, Publisher: Llewellyn Publications, Year: 8 Feb 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly chart-busters according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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