Darwin Machines and the Nature of Knowledge

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Harvard University Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 269 pages
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Bringing together evolutionary biology, psychology, and philosophy, Henry Plotkin presents a new science of knowledge that traces an unbreakable link between instinct and our ability to know. Since our ability to know our world depends primarily on what we call intelligence, intelligence must be understood as an extension of instinct. The capacity for knowledge is deeply rooted in our biology and, in a special sense, is shared by all living things.
  

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Contents

The Problem with Knowledge
1
Universal Darwinism
59
Behaviour without Thought
102
The Evolution of Intelligence
134
Aspects of Human Knowledge
179
The Philosophical Problems in Perspective
228
Glossary
246
Bibliography
257
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About the author (1997)

Henry Plotkin is Professor of Psychobiology at University College London. He is the author of "Darwin Machines" (1994), "Evolution in Mind" (1997) and most recently "The Imagined World Made Real" (2002).

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