Evolving the Mind: On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of Consciousness

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 2, 1998 - Psychology - 329 pages
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The next great revolution in science will undoubtedly be the emergence of a useful theory of consciousness--a theory based on our better understanding of molecules and brains and of the nature of science itself. Evolving the Mind broaches both of these themes, covering how ideas about the mind evolved in science and how the mind itself evolved in Nature. What Cairns-Smith does that is particularly compelling is to synthesize the contributions of a wide range of scientific disciplines (physics, molecular biology, brain science, and evolution) to bring science to the brink of a unified theory of consciousness. The author thoroughly explores this complex concept in a straightforward, conversational style. Few readers will be able to resist the exciting conclusion that we are closing in on a scientific theory of consciousness.
  

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Contents

Material things
1
Life
53
Forms of intelligence
91
Places in the brain
125
Correlates of consciousness
153
Dreaming aware
193
Space time and substance
211
Making theories
233
Quantum theories of consciousness
255
Conversation and coda
275
Reference list
299
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