The Selfcreating Mind

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Overview

In this ambitious and imaginative work, noted social and biological theorist Graeme Donald Snooks explores the origin, development, and role of the self-conscious mind. He does so by employing a realist general dynamic theory-his celebrated "dynamic-strategy" theory-based on a large-scale systematic observation of the broad patterns of life and human society. The outcome of this exploration is the discovery of the "selfcreating mind"-the "mind that created itself" through the response of countless organisms to the ever-changing demands of their dynamic societies. They are driven to do so by the need to survive and prosper, which Snooks calls "strategic desire," the shaping force of all animal instincts. The Selfcreating Mind-which displaces the mind hypothesized by psychoanalytic, Darwinian, and complexity theorists-provides a new perspective on human nature; the origin, nature, and purpose of the self-conscious mind; the reasons for its continuing breakdown in a significant minority of the population; and on the surest road to mental recovery. It also explores questions about the future of brain genetics, artificial intelligence, and the possible elimination of mental disorders.

About the Author:
Graeme Donald Snooks is the Coghlan Research Professor in Australian National University's Institute of Advanced Studies. Dr. Snooks is an accomplished author at the cutting-edge of research on social and biological dynamics

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Editorial Reviews

Social Evolution and History
At the forefront of the recent efflorescence of research on 'big theory' and 'big history' is Graeme Snooks…[His] corpus of work is an impressive achievement…that is beginning to gain notice across a variety of disciplines…This is as bold a project as could be conceived: 'big theory writ large.'
— Gary Magee
Social Evolution and History - Gary Magee
At the forefront of the recent efflorescence of research on 'big theory' and 'big history' is Graeme Snooks…[His] corpus of work is an impressive achievement…that is beginning to gain notice across a variety of disciplines…This is as bold a project as could be conceived: 'big theory writ large.'
Akop Nazaretyan
The Selfcreating Mind is a highly original and bold examination of the emergence, role, function, and malfunction of the human mind. Professor Snooks achieves this by employing his critically acclaimed 'dynamic-strategy theory,' which has transformed the way we view the dynamics of life and human society. This book's novel perspective is likely to stimulate a new research program in the cognitive sciences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761836681
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Graeme Donald Snooks is the Coghlan Research Professor in Australian National University's Institute of Advanced Studies. Dr. Snooks is an accomplished author at the cutting-edge of research on social and biological dynamics. His many published works include, The Collapse of Darwinism or the Rise of a Realist Theory of Life from Lexington Books, The Dynamic Society: Exploring the Sources of Global Change, The Ephemeral Civilization: Exploding the Myth of Social Evolution, and The Laws of History.
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Table of Contents

Figures     vii
Tables     ix
Preface     xi
Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mind     1
The Biology of Selfcreation
A New Theory of Life     11
Selection is Strategic, Not Natural     37
Human Nature
Man's Biological Dilemma     51
Strategic Desire and the Instincts     61
The Strategic Nature of Emotions     78
Orthodox Approaches to Human Nature     96
The Mind That Created Itself
The Strategic Brain     117
Consciousness-The Metropolis of the Mind     145
Orthodox Approaches to the Mind     169
A Strategic Psychology
A New Psychology     189
A Strategic Psychiatry     214
Orthodox Approaches to Psychiatry     224
The Future of the Mind
A Strategic or Metaphysical Brain?     251
Notes     259
Glossary of New Terms and Concepts     275
References     297
Index     307
About the Author     317
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