By Terrence W. Deacon
"A paintings of large breadth, prone to pleasantly shock either basic readers and experts."―New York occasions ebook Review
This innovative ebook presents clean solutions to long-standing questions of human origins and realization. Drawing on his leap forward learn in comparative neuroscience, Terrence Deacon bargains a wealth of insights into the importance of symbolic considering: from the co-evolutionary alternate among language and brains over million years of hominid evolution to the moral repercussions that man's newfound entry to different people's strategies and emotions.
Informing those insights is a brand new figuring out of the way Darwinian methods underlie the brain's improvement and serve as in addition to its evolution. unlike a lot modern neuroscience that treats the mind as not more or below a working laptop or computer, Deacon offers a brand new readability of imaginative and prescient into the mechanism of brain. It injects a renewed feel of experience into the event of being human.
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