Thomas E. McNamara has taught psychology, religion, philosophy, and business during a long career as a professor, clinical psychologist, human resource manager, and management consultant. Having lived outside of the U.S. more than 15 years, his international experience encompasses Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. With his B.A. in theology and philosophy, McNamara holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Evolution, Culture, and Consciousness: The Discovery of the Preconscious Mindby Thomas E. McNamara
Thomas McNamara, in Evolution, Culture, and Consciousness, presents the first comprehensive theory of human perception and consciousness based on the generally accepted principles of evolutionary psychology. This theory, building on the best evolutionary research, explains that just a few simple neurological changes in the primate brain account for human speech,
Thomas McNamara, in Evolution, Culture, and Consciousness, presents the first comprehensive theory of human perception and consciousness based on the generally accepted principles of evolutionary psychology. This theory, building on the best evolutionary research, explains that just a few simple neurological changes in the primate brain account for human speech, self-consciousness and the creation of meaning out of experience. All primates can learn, but our species evolved a new instinct for learning, which makes childhood learning just as powerful as the other biological instincts found in all other primates. McNamara shows that children are genetically programmed to learn not just what to think, but how to think, shaping the preconscious process for creating meaning out of experience. However, because our environment has changed radically since our origin, this archaic form of consciousness has become a major block to human development and success. After explaining how we have all been programmed to preconsciously create meaning out of experience, McNamara shows how we can create a new and more successful way of thinking and feeling, resulting in a happier, more productive, stress free life.
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This book is well crafted. Dr. McNamara has coherently, smoothly, and logically developed his theory of present-centered consciousness. He has presented a wealth of background and supporting material illuminating his development of the theory. A prime application of consilience. If one agrees with this development, then one will be strongly inclined to join in the dramatic conclusions expressed in Chapter 6. Reviewed by G. Topp, engineer and H. Zitzer, mathematician.