A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness
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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MIND AND BODY
PUZZLING WORK AN ASIDE ABOUT LANGUAGE
WHAT HAPPENED IN HISTORY THE INSIDE STORY
THE DOUBLE PROVINCE OF THE SENSES
WHAT DO WE SEE?
COLOR IS THE KEYBOARD
IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES
FIVE CHARACTERISTICS IN SEARCH OF A THEORY
THE PROBLEM OF OWNERSHIP A TACK TO STARBOARD
THE QUESTION OF INDEXICALS A TACK TO PORT
PLUS CA CHANGE
A LITTLE MIND MUSIC
SPECIFIC NERVE ENERGIES?
SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE
IT MUST LOOK QUEER
MINDBLINDNESS AND BLINDMINDNESS
MORE ABOUT BLINDSIGHT
A FIRE IN THE HAND A DAGGER OF THE MIND
HE THOUGHT HE SAW AN ELEPHANT
HERE IT LIES
HERE WHAT LIES? A CHAPTER ABOUT DEFINITION
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