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Evolution, culture, and consciousness : the discovery of the preconscious mind

Author: Thomas Edward McNamara
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Thomas McNamara, in Evolution, Culture, and Consciousness, presents the first comprehensive theory of human perception and consciousness based on the generally accepted principles of evolutionary psychology. This theory, building on the best evolutionary research, explains that just a few simple neurological changes in the primate brain account for human speech, self-consciousness and the creation of meaning out of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Edward McNamara
ISBN: 076182765X 9780761827658
OCLC Number: 55073335
Description: vii, 310 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. evolution of consciousness --
Ch. 1. overview of the theory --
pt. II. evidence --
Ch. 2. role of culture in human evolution --
Ch. 3. Culture and the preconscious mind --
pt. III. problem --
Ch. 4. limits of instinctual self-consciousness --
pt. IV. Present-centered consciousness --
Ch. 5. new consciousness for a new environment --
Ch. 6. future of experience.
Responsibility: Thomas E. McNamara.
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"Thomas McNamara, in Evolution, Culture, and Consciousness, presents the first comprehensive theory of human perception and consciousness based on the generally accepted principles of evolutionary psychology. This theory, building on the best evolutionary research, explains that just a few simple neurological changes in the primate brain account for human speech, self-consciousness and the creation of meaning out of experience. All primates can learn, but our species evolved a new instinct for learning, which makes childhood learning just as powerful as the other biological instincts found in all other primates. McNamara shows that children are genetically programmed to learn not just what to think, but how to think, shaping the preconscious process for creating meaning out of experience. However, because our environment has changed radically since our origin, this archaic form of consciousness has become a major block to human development and success. After explaining how we have all been programmed to preconsciously create meaning out of experience, McNamara shows how we can create a new and more successful way of thinking and feeling, resulting in a happier, more productive, stress free life."--BOOK JACKET.

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