The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God

The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God

by David J. Linden
     
 

A guide to the strange and often illogical world of neural function, this book shows how the brain is not an optimized, general-purpose problem-solving machine, but rather a weird agglomeration of ad-hoc solutions that have been piled on through millions of years of evolutionary history.See more details below

Overview

A guide to the strange and often illogical world of neural function, this book shows how the brain is not an optimized, general-purpose problem-solving machine, but rather a weird agglomeration of ad-hoc solutions that have been piled on through millions of years of evolutionary history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674030589
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
228,867
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Brain Explained

1. The Inelegant Design of the Brain

2. Building a Brain with Yesterday's Parts

3. Some Assembly Required

4. Sensation and Emotion

5. Learning, Memory, and Human Individuality

6. Love and Sex

7. Sleeping and Dreaming

8. The Religious Impulse

9. The Unintelligent Design of the Brain

Epilogue: That Middle Thing

Further Reading and Resources

Acknowledgments

Index

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