The Origin of Cultures: Toward a Unified Theory of Human Evolution

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Prometheus Press, 2011 - Androids - 924 pages
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This book investigates how information is acquired, processed and transmitted by the human mind and, based on this knowledge, formulates an original theory of cultural evolution to understand phenomena such as altruism, morality, ideology, and religion. Original and covering a wide range of subjects in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, it addresses the obstacle faced by memetic theorists in their analysis of culture: that nobody really knows what goes on inside the mind or how mental experiences may direct cultural evolution. Part 1 of the book, How to Build a Conscious Robot with Feelings, breaks down information processing in the mind into purely mechanical components for analysis and implementation. Part 2, Cultural Evolution, uses the results to build a theory of cultural evolution to understand cultural phenomena.

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John Lin, M.D. received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and his doctorate in medicine from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lin has a lifelong interest in philosophy and neuroscience, and he has presented papers at conferences in the field of machine consciousness. The Origin of Cultures is his first book. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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