A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness

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Springer Science & Business Media, 1999 M06 18 - 238 páginas
How does the water of the brain yield the wine of conscious experience? What is the link between bodily activity and our inner feeling of what its like to be ourselves? The problem of qualia-the so-called "hard problem" of consciousness-has intrigued philosophers, for generations, and remains the greatest challenge to contemporary science. In this path-breaking book, Nicholas Humphrey examines the issues in the fight of evolutionary history and proposes a solution very different from any previously offered. He suggests that instead of focusing on second-order mental faculties, or "thoughts about thoughts," we need to look at the raw sensations themselves that are central to all conscious states. He takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through little-known areas of biology, psychology, and philosophy, to discover the origins of all forms of self-awareness in the primitive pain and pleasure responses of our distant ancestors. Packed with psychological information and ingenious speculation, A History of the Mind not only recasts the debate about the nature of conscious experience but provides fascinating insights into many other topics along the way. Already a classic, this book is as informative and entertaining as it is profound.

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An interesting book that attempts to explain how consciousness evolved. Leer comentario completo

A HISTORY OF THE MIND

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Actually, not a history of the mind, but a theory of consciousness—and an amazingly parsimonious theory at that. Consciousness, contends experimental psychologist Humphrey, is nothing but the having ... Leer comentario completo

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MIND AND BODY
23
PUZZLING WORK AN ASIDE ABOUT LANGUAGE
31
WHAT HAPPENED IN HISTORY THE INSIDE STORY
37
THE DOUBLE PROVINCE OF THE SENSES
45
WHAT DO WE SEE?
52
COLOR IS THE KEYBOARD
58
IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES
61
SHUTTLE VISION
66
FIVE CHARACTERISTICS IN SEARCH OF A THEORY
129
THE PROBLEM OF OWNERSHIP A TACK TO STARBOARD
142
THE QUESTION OF INDEXICALS A TACK TO PORT
151
PLUS CA CHANGE
157
A LITTLE MIND MUSIC
161
SPECIFIC NERVE ENERGIES?
166
SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE
170
TIME PRESENT
179

IT MUST LOOK QUEER
70
NEW ARRANGEMENTS
75
MINDBLINDNESS AND BLINDMINDNESS
82
MORE ABOUT BLINDSIGHT
88
A FIRE IN THE HAND A DAGGER OF THE MIND
94
HE THOUGHT HE SAW AN ELEPHANT
101
HERE IT LIES
115
HERE WHAT LIES? A CHAPTER ABOUT DEFINITION
117
HURRAH
191
HURRAH FOR THE OLD WAYS
194
THE MIND MADE FLESH
202
WATER AND WINE
217
BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
226
Notes
229
Index
235
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