Evolution Of Cognitive Maps / Edition 1

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Bringing together diverse disciplinescognitive and social psychology, biopsychology, history, physics, cosmology, chemistry, population ecology, economics, and philosophy of sciencethis unique series of essays explores the development of cognitive maps from their biological and historical bases to their contemporary forms. Featuring work by an illustrious series of scholars and a closing commentary by Umberto Eco, this book chronicles theory compelling to all concerned with the relationship between perception and society.
Ervin Laszlo is with the European Academy for Evolutionary Management andAdvanced Studies; Ignazio Masulli is with the University of Bologna, Italy; Robert Artigiani is with the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA; and Vilmos Csányi is at Eötvos University of Budapest, Hungary

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Robin Vallacher
The concept of cognitive maps has considerable heuristic value, providing an integrative theme in this book for a host of diverse topics, levels of analysis and time-scales...to be commended.
Booknews
Cognitive maps, mental representations which inform thought and action, are templates for human perception and behavior. Bringing together diverse disciplines--cognitive and social psychology, biopsychology, history, physics, cosmology, chemistry, population ecology, economics, and philosophy of science--This volume comprises the revised and updated texts of the majority of papers first given at the international meeting of the General Evolution Research Group, held at the U. of Bologna, Italy in May 1989. The essays explore the development of cognitive maps from their biological and historical bases to their contemporary forms. Includes a closing commentary by Umberto Eco. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Functions of Cognitive Maps
Ch. 1 The Biological Bases of Cognitive Maps 23
Ch. 2 From Epistemology to Cosmology: Post-Modern Science and the Search for New Cultural Cognitive Maps 29
Ch. 3 The Evolution of the Holistic Cognitive Map 61
Ch. 4 Toward a New Historical Consciousness 67
Pt. 2 Cognitive Maps, Evolution and Knowledge
Ch. 5 The Cognitive Map and the Dynamics of Information 77
Ch. 6 When Is a Map Cognitive? 99
Ch. 7 Evolution Theory and Cognitive Maps 105
Ch. 8 Evolution: Cognition, Ignorance and Selection 119
Ch. 9 On Understanding How the Mind Is Organized: Cognitive Maps and the "Physics" of Mental Information Processing 135
Ch. 10 Moral Sensitivity and the Evolution of Higher Mind 151
Pt. 3 Cognitive Maps, Historical Transformation and the Future
Ch. 11 Cognitive Maps and Social Change 169
Ch. 12 Technology, Gender and History: Toward a Nonlinear Model of Social Evolution 181
Ch. 13 The Cognitive Mapping of Societal Systems: Implications for Education 205
Ch. 14 Transformations in the Chinese Cognitive Map 221
Ch. 15 The Cognitive Mapping Approach to the Globalization of World Politics 237
Ch. 16 Erodynamics and Cognitive Maps 255
Commentaries 267
Index 285
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