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The accidental mind : how brain evolution has given us love, memory, dreams, and God

Author: David J Linden
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Belknap, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press edView all editions and formats
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You've probably seen it before: a human brain dramatically lit from the side, the camera circling it like a helicopter shot of Stonehenge, and a modulated baritone voice exalting the brain's elegant design in reverent tones. To which this book says: Pure nonsense. In a work at once deeply learned and wonderfully accessible, the neuroscientist David Linden counters the widespread assumption that the brain is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David J Linden
ISBN: 9780674030589 0674030583 9780674024786 0674024788
OCLC Number: 225874286
Notes: Originally published: 2007.
Awards: Winner of Independent Publisher Book Awards: Science Category Bronze Award 2007
Description: 276 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue : Brain, explained --
The inelegant design of the brain --
Building a brain with yesterday's parts --
Some assembly required --
Sensation and emotion --
Learning, memory, and human individuality --
Love and sex --
Sleeping and dreaming --
The religious impulse --
The unintelligent design of the brain --
Epilogue : That middle thing.
Responsibility: David J. Linden.

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Counters the assumption that the brain is a paragon of design - and offers an explanation of how the brain's serendipitous evolution has resulted in nothing short of our humanity.  Read more...

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