The selfcreating mind

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University Press of America, 2007 - Psychology - 315 pages
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In this ambitious and imaginative work, noted social and biological theorist Graeme Donald Snooks explores the origin, development, and role of the self-conscious mind. He does so by employing a realist general dynamic theory_his celebrated 'dynamic-strategy' theory_based on a large-scale systematic observation of the broad patterns of life and human society. The outcome of this exploration is the discovery of the 'selfcreating mind'_ the 'mind that created itself' through the response of countless organisms to the ever-changing demands of their dynamic societies. They are driven to do so by the need to survive and prosper, which Snooks calls 'strategic desire, ' the shaping force of all animal instincts. The Selfcreating Mind_which displaces the mind hypothesized by psychoanalytic, Darwinian, and complexity theorists_provides a new perspective on human nature; the origin, nature, and purpose of the self-conscious mind; the reasons for its continuing breakdown in a significant minority of the population; and on the surest road to mental recovery. It also explores questions about the future of brain genetics, artificial intelligence, and the possible elimination of mental disorders. Read about Graeme Snooks' The Collapse of Darwinism: Or The Rise of a Realist Theory of Life, available from Lexington Books.

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Contents

THE BIOLOGY OF SELF CREATION
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Mans Biological Dilemma
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The Strategic Nature of Emotions
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\Graeme Donald Snooks is the Coghlan Research Professor in Australian National University's Institute of Advanced Studies. Dr. Snooks is an accomplished author at the cutting-edge of research on social and biological dynamics. His many published works include, The Collapse of Darwinism or the Rise of a Realist Theory of Life from Lexington Books, The Dynamic Society: Exploring the Sources of Global Change, The Ephemeral Civilization: Exploding the Myth of Social Evolution, and The Laws of History.

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