Evolution of Consciousness: The Origins of the Way We Think

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 1992 - Psychology - 305 pages
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Based on his life's research, Robert Ornstein provides a look at the evolution of the mind. He explains that we are not rational but adaptive, and that it is Darwin, not Freud, who is the central scientist of the brain. Our minds have evolved to help us survive, not to reason. At the same time, our individual worlds have developed our minds and destroyed many of our natural abilities.
  

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Review: Evolution of Consciousness: The Origins of the Way We Think

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What does it mean to be conscious, and how did this ability develop in our evolution and why? The science is a bit dated, as there have been many breakthroughs in this area in the last 18 years, but ... Read full review

Review: Evolution of Consciousness: The Origins of the Way We Think

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What does it mean to be conscious, and how did this ability develop in our evolution and why? The science is a bit dated, as there have been many breakthroughs in this area in the last 18 years, but ... Read full review

Contents

THE PHYSICAL EVOLUTION OF THE MIND
13
Contents Part III THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE MIND
103
BRAIN PROCESSES
131
How the Brain Knows What Youre Doing Before
139
The Self Itself
152
IS THIS THE PERSON TO WHOM IM SPEAKING?
201
On Rationality and Adaptation
219
Observing the Conscious Self
225
Knowing the Individual Simpletons
239
WHY THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER EVOLUTION WITHOUT
251
Conscious Evolution
267
Afterword
280
Bibliography
288
Index
301
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