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The crucible of consciousness : an integrated theory of mind and brain

Author: Zoltan Torey
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st MIT Press edView all editions and formats
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An interdisciplinary examination of the evolutionary breakthroughs that rendered the brain accessible to itself.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zoltan Torey
ISBN: 9780262512848 026251284X
OCLC Number: 260231128
Notes: "A Bradford book"--P. [4] of cover.
Originally published: Melbourne ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999. With new foreword.
Description: xvi, 247 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Foreword / by Daniel C Dennett --
Preface --
Perspective. The problem ; The path to the solution ; Some technical aspects --
The emergence of the human brain. The upgrading of the prehuman brain ; Modifications that underlie language ; The internal representation of the outside world --
Adaptive changes for speech and thought. Dual excitation and the oscillation of attention ; The building blocks of language --
The evolution of language. The breakthrough to protolanguage ; Secondary language evolution ; Using the language instrument ; Language and the limits of abstraction --
More about language. The perceptual basis of language ; The acquisition of language by the child ; Ape talk : a tip without an iceberg --
Self-accessibility. Problems of self-detection ; Elements of self-detection --
Reflection: the key to human awareness. Double-stranded reentrance ; The mechanism of reflective awareness ; Self-awareness --
The mind-system. The new identity : brain to mind ; The alchemy of self-deception ; Problems with self-conceptualization ; The "freedom" of the system : fact and fiction about the mind --
The mind versus the computer. Formalism and the logic of misconstruction ; Model formation and the role of semantics ; Society and the shaping of the mind --
Evolution : the model of the loaded dice. The watershed of insights ; Prejudice and counterprejudice --
Between the quantum and the cosmos. A range of perspectives ; Light at the end of the tunnel.
Responsibility: Zoltan Torey ; with a foreword by Daniel C. Dennett.

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