The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain (Google eBook)
"A work of enormous breadth, likely to pleasantly surprise both general readers and experts."ŚNew York Times Book ReviewThis revolutionary book provides fresh answers to long-standing questions of human origins and consciousness. Drawing on his breakthrough research in comparative neuroscience, Terrence Deacon offers a wealth of insights into the significance of symbolic thinking: from the co-evolutionary exchange between language and brains over two million years of hominid evolution to the ethical repercussions that followed man's newfound access to other people's thoughts and emotions.
Informing these insights is a new understanding of how Darwinian processes underlie the brain's development and function as well as its evolution. In contrast to much contemporary neuroscience that treats the brain as no more or less than a computer, Deacon provides a new clarity of vision into the mechanism of mind. It injects a renewed sense of adventure into the experience of being human.
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The Illuminated Brain
Where Symbols Arent
AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH
Unlearning an Insight
OUTSIDE THE BRAIN
The Other Evolution
Better Learning Through Amnesia
THE SIZE OF INTELLIGENCE
Brains in Bodies
Thinking Your Own Size
Using Fly Genes to Make Human Brains
The Developmental Clock
A DARWINIAN ELECTRICIAN
An Alien Brain Transplant Experiment
THE TALKING BRAIN
Why Dont Mammals Sing Like Birds?
A Leveraged Takeover
The CoEvolutionary Net
The Writing on the Wall
Why Human Societies Shouldnt Work
A Symbolic Solution
A SERENDIPITOUS MIND
No Mind Is an Island
SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS ARE MADE ON ENDS
What Is the Difference?
Reinventing the Mind
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