The Selfcreating Mind

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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. Read about Graeme Snooks' The Collapse of Darwinism: Or The Rise of a Realist Theory of Life, available from Lexington Books.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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
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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

Part 1 Figures Part 2 Tables Part 3 Preface Chapter 4 1. Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mind Part 5 Part I. The Biology of Selfcreation Chapter 6 2. A New Theory of Life Chapter 7 3. Selection is Strategic, Not Natural Part 8 Part II. Human Nature Chapter 9 4. Man's Biological Dilemma Chapter 10 5. Strategic Desire and the Instincts Chapter 11 6. The Strategic Nature of Emotions Chapter 12 7. Orthodox Approaches to Human Nature Part 13 Part III. The Mind that Created Itself Chapter 14 8. The Strategic Brain Chapter 15 9. Consciousness—The Metropolis of the Mind Chapter 16 10. Orthodox Approaches to the Mind Part 17 Part IV. A Strategic Psychology Chapter 18 11. A New Psychology Chapter 19 12. A Strategic Psychiatry Chapter 20 13. Orthodox Approaches to Psychiatry Part 21 Part V. The Future of the Mind Chapter 22 14. A Strategic or Metaphysical Brain? Part 23 Notes Part 24 Glossary of New Terms and Concepts Part 25 References Part 26 Index Part 27 About the Author

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