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Figments of reality : the evolution of the curious mind

Author: Ian Stewart; Jack Cohen
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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Is the universe around us a figment of our imagination? Or are our minds figments of reality? In this refreshing new look at the evolution of mind and culture, bestselling authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen eloquently argue that our minds necessarily evolved in an inextricable link with culture and language. They go beyond conventional reductionist ideas to look at how the mind is the response of an evolving brain  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Stewart; Jack Cohen
ISBN: 0521571553 9780521571555 0521663830 9780521663830
OCLC Number: 36017160
Description: xiii, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The origins of life --
The reductionist nightmare --
Ant country --
Winning ways --
Universals and parochials --
Neural nests --
Features great and small --
What is it like to be a human? --
We wanted to have a chapter on free will, but we decided not to, so here it is --
Extelligence --
Simplex, complex, multiplex.
Responsibility: Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen.
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