On Deep History and the Brain / Edition 1

On Deep History and the Brain / Edition 1

by Daniel Lord Smail
     
 


When does history begin? What characterizes it? This brilliant and beautifully written book dissolves the logic of a beginning based on writing, civilization, or historical consciousness and offers a model for a history that escapes the continuing grip of the Judeo-Christian time frame. Daniel Lord Smail argues that in the wake of the Decade of the Brain and the… See more details below

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When does history begin? What characterizes it? This brilliant and beautifully written book dissolves the logic of a beginning based on writing, civilization, or historical consciousness and offers a model for a history that escapes the continuing grip of the Judeo-Christian time frame. Daniel Lord Smail argues that in the wake of the Decade of the Brain and the best-selling historical work of scientists like Jared Diamond, the time has come for fundamentally new ways of thinking about our past. He shows how recent work in evolution and paleohistory makes it possible to join the deep past with the recent past and abandon, once and for all, the idea of prehistory. Making an enormous literature accessible to the general reader, he lays out a bold new case for bringing neuroscience and neurobiology into the realm of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258129
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/18/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,366,443
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Introduction: Toward Reunion in History

1. The Grip of Sacred History
2. Resistance
3. Between Darwin and Lamarck
4. The New Neurohistory
5. Civilization and Psychotropy

Epilogue: Looking Ahead
Notes
Bibliography of Works Cited
Index

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