Toward Consilience: The Bioneurological Basis of Behavior, Thought, Experience, and Language / Edition 1

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This book is a comprehensive effort to establish a framework for consilience - the unification of the natural and social sciences. Grounded in physics, molecular biology, and evolutionary neuroscience, Toward Consilience seeks to identify and trace the organic brain algorithms which, when replicated in our neural architecture, shape our human thought, behavior, and language. Drawing on the work of Edward O. Wilson, Paul MacLean, and others, Dr. Corey presents a significant and thought-provoking effort at understanding what makes us human.

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Establishes a framework for consilience, the unification of the natural and social sciences, grounded in physics, molecular biology, and evolutionary neuroscience. Seeks to identify and trace the organic brain algorithms which, when replicated in our neural architecture, shape human thought, behavior, and language. Defines the primary bioneurological or brain algorithm from the perspectives of physics and biology, and develops a second brain algorithm, setting out a model of behavior called the conflict systems neurobehavioral model. Examines the two brain algorithms as manifested in various theories of psychodynamics, and traces their expression as the foundation of western and eastern philosophy and mysticism, and in ethics, social theory, and language theory. Cory directs the Center for Behavioral Ecology, and teaches at San Jose State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306464362
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Part One: Brain Algorithms of Behavior and Experience. 2. Algorithms of the Brain. 3. the Primary Algorithm of our Brain. What is it? 4. The Primary Algorithm and Behavior. Life, What does it do? 5. The Second Algorithm: Our Brain or Conflict. 6. The Algorithmic Rules of Reciprocal Behavior. Part Two: Algorithms in Psychodynamics, Cognition Philosophy and Mysticism. 7. How we think: Brain Algorithms in Psychodynamics. 8. How we Philosophize: The Primary Algorithm, Dialectic, and Logic in the West. 9. How we Philosophize: Dialectic, Being, and Harmony in the East. 10. Brain Algorithms in Mysticism, Cannibalism. 11. Brain Algorithms of Adaptation, Rationality, and Exploration. Part Three: Brain Algorithms in Ethics and Social Theory. 12. Buber's I and You: The Inner and Outer Dynamic of the Reciprocal Algorithm. 13. Totalization: The Dialectical Thought of Teilhard de Chardin. 14. Habermas: Dialectic, Ethics, and Social Theory. Part Four: Brain Algorithms in Philosophy and Language. 15. The Primary Algorithm in Contemporary Philosophy. 16. Brain Algorithms and Human Language. 17. The Limitations of Present Day Syntax Theory.

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