Evolving the Mind: On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of Consciousness by A. Graham Cairns-Smith | 9780521402200 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Evolving the Mind: On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of Consciousness

Evolving the Mind: On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of Consciousness

by A. Graham Cairns-Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521402204

ISBN-13: 9780521402200

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The next great revolution in science will undoubtedly be the emergence of a useful theory of consciousness--a theory based on our better understanding of molecules and brains and of the nature of science itself. Evolving the Mind broaches both of these themes, covering how ideas about the mind evolved in science and how the mind itself evolved in Nature. What

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The next great revolution in science will undoubtedly be the emergence of a useful theory of consciousness--a theory based on our better understanding of molecules and brains and of the nature of science itself. Evolving the Mind broaches both of these themes, covering how ideas about the mind evolved in science and how the mind itself evolved in Nature. What Cairns-Smith does that is particularly compelling is to synthesize the contributions of a wide range of scientific disciplines (physics, molecular biology, brain science, and evolution) to bring science to the brink of a unified theory of consciousness. The author thoroughly explores this complex concept in a straightforward, conversational style. Few readers will be able to resist the exciting conclusion that we are closing in on a scientific theory of consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521402200
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. Material things; 2. Life; 3. Forms of intelligence; 4. Places in the brain; 5. Correlates of consciousness; 6. Dreaming aware; 7. Space time and substance; 8. Making theories; 9. Quantum theories of consciousness; 10. Conversation and coda; References; Index.

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