This study argues that human consciousness will not last, to be superceded by post-human forms of consciousness (unto the direction of post-capitalism and post-democracy). The current obsession with the question of how human consciousness can emerge out of something physical is very much like asking how many angels can stand on the head of a pin in medieval scholasticism The obsession obscures the need to transcend the debate. To this end, Dr. Baofu proposes methodological holism, which is to examine the issues of human consciousness (and other mental states), and its evolution into other forms in the future with a comprehensive analysis of all major theoretical dimensions which have been proposed in the literature. Eleven of them are classified in this project: physical, chemical, biological, psychological, organizational, institutional, structural, systematic, cultural, cosmological, and the rest. The study concludes that the current debate between reductionism and emergencism in the literature has reached a dead end and needs to be transcended.
Dr. Peter Baofu is also the author of The Future of Capitalism and Democracy (2002), the two-volume The Future of Human Civilization (Mellen, 1999), and a forthcoming book The Democratic Mystique. He recently earned an entry to the list of "prominent and emerging writers" in Contemporary Authors and was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to the Far East. He had taught as a professor at different universities in Europe, the Middle East, and America. He finished more than 5 academic degrees, including a PhD in political science from MIT, and was a summa cum laude graduate.
List of Tables; Foreword (Dr. Stephen Barker); Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: From Primordiality to Human Consciousness; 2. Having - On Basic and Artificial Needs; 3. Belonging - On Community and Individuality; 4. Being - On Spirituality and Materiality; 5. Conclusion: From Human Consciousness to Floating Consciousness (and Others) in the Post-Human World; Bibliography, Index