“A landmark effort to comprehensively address, in an accessible way, the various dimensions of the global workspace, from its cognitive architecture to the living brain dynamics through which it is manifest. On Consciousness by Bernard Baars is an indispensable addition to the library of both students and experts who study consciousness.”
“Baars was just waaaay ahead of everyone else in approaching questions concerning consciousness as scientific questions. And he has done vastly more than metaphor-slinging philosophers to make progress on the topic. His preference for testable hypotheses as opposed to dead-end thought-experiments have made a major difference in shifting the topic to a secure knowledge base from which real progress can be made. His work is always insightful, careful, and trustworthy — virtues that have become increasingly elusive in philosophical approaches. This corpus is a stunning achievement.”
“A clear-eyed, open-minded analysis of the problems of consciousness, and a wide-ranging synthesis of a variety of approaches. For those who want to join the race to model consciousness, this is the starting line.”
"The works of Bernard Baars collected here are among the foundational texts of the scientific study of consciousness. Their influence in cognitive science and philosophy of mind is enormous, and their impact on my own thinking has been profound."
"Eyebrows are no longer raised even among neuroscientists when the topic of consciousness is discussed, largely due to authors like Bernard Baars. Baars, the creator of the Global Workspace Theory (GWT) of consciousness, explains his influential theory in exquisite details in this new volume, along with many updates of his main writings. He takes a bird's eye view of the brain but with many exciting insights of its complex workings. An enjoyable read by an expert authority."
“Consciousness will not become acceptable to science without three things: empirical evidence that overcomes the consciousness deniers, a satisfying account of subjectivity, and a global understanding of the mind's staggering complexity. Bernard Baars is perhaps our most important voice on all three fronts, and "On Consciousness: Science & Subjectivity" raises a high bar for all future exploration in the field.”
“Bernie Baars started, almost single-handedly, the “consciousness revolution” in cognitive psychology over 30 years ago. In this book we can trace, through the re-publication of all the major original sources, the entire path from the first versions of his Global Workspace Theory, published over 30 years ago, to its current state and towards its future prospects as a unified theory of consciousness and the brain. Bernie Baars is a giant on whose shoulders the future science of consciousness will stand.”
"No scholar understands consciousness as well as Bernard Baars, and few can express this understanding as lucidly. His Global Workspace Theory is practical and elegant, addressing both conscious and unconscious activity. If anyone thinks there is a "hard problem" in this field, they need to read "ON CONSCIOUSNESS" before they make that assumption. Dr. Baars' latest book is a magnificent transdisciplinary achievement."