Evolution of Intelligence: Are Humans the Only Animals with Minds?

Evolution of Intelligence: Are Humans the Only Animals with Minds?

by James H. Fetzer
     
 


Human beings have long nurtured conceits about their exalted place in the universe, but recent scientific advances challenge their claims to any unique gifts of rationality and expose weaknesses in outmoded, mechanistic models of consciousness. Through a fascinating exploration of the mental abilities of species ranging from bacteria to mountain gorillas, noted… See more details below

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Human beings have long nurtured conceits about their exalted place in the universe, but recent scientific advances challenge their claims to any unique gifts of rationality and expose weaknesses in outmoded, mechanistic models of consciousness. Through a fascinating exploration of the mental abilities of species ranging from bacteria to mountain gorillas, noted science philosopher James Fetzer updates and improves these obsolete conceptualizations and offers an important new theory of intelligence — one grounded in evolutionary theory and by which machines can be "intelligent" without possessing minds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812694598
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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