A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 18, 1999 - Medical - 238 pages
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This book is a tour-de-force on how human consciousness may have evolved. From the "phantom pain" experienced by people who have lost their limbs to the uncanny faculty of "blindsight," Humphrey argues that raw sensations are central to all conscious states and that consciousness must have evolved, just like all other mental faculties, over time from our ancestors'bodily responses to pain and pleasure.
"Humphrey is one of that growing band of scientists who beat literary folk at their own game"-RICHARD DAWKINS
"A wonderful bookbrilliant, unsettling, and beautifully written. Humphrey cuts bravely through the currents of contemporary thinking, opening up new vistas on old problems offering a feast of provocative ideas." -DANIEL DENNETT
 

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Contents

MIND AND BODY
23
PUZZLING WORK AN ASIDE ABOUT LANGUAGE
31
WHAT HAPPENED IN HISTORY THE INSIDE STORY
37
THE DOUBLE PROVINCE OF THE SENSES
45
WHAT DO WE SEE?
52
COLOR IS THE KEYBOARD
58
IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES
61
SHUTTLE VISION
66
FIVE CHARACTERISTICS IN SEARCH OF A THEORY
129
THE PROBLEM OF OWNERSHIP A TACK TO STARBOARD
142
THE QUESTION OF INDEXICALS A TACK TO PORT
151
PLUS CA CHANGE
157
A LITTLE MIND MUSIC
161
SPECIFIC NERVE ENERGIES?
166
SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE
170
TIME PRESENT
179

IT MUST LOOK QUEER
70
NEW ARRANGEMENTS
75
MINDBLINDNESS AND BLINDMINDNESS
82
MORE ABOUT BLINDSIGHT
88
A FIRE IN THE HAND A DAGGER OF THE MIND
94
HE THOUGHT HE SAW AN ELEPHANT
101
HERE IT LIES
115
HERE WHAT LIES? A CHAPTER ABOUT DEFINITION
117
HURRAH
191
HURRAH FOR THE OLD WAYS
194
THE MIND MADE FLESH
202
WATER AND WINE
217
BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
226
Notes
229
Index
235
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About the author (1999)

Nicholas Humphrey has held posts at Oxford and Cambridge universities, and is now professor emeritus of psychology at the London School of Economics. His many books include "A History of the Mind" and "Seeing Red".

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