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The symbolic species : the co-evolution of language and the brain

Author: Terrence William Deacon
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1998.
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This revolutionary book offers fresh answers to longstanding questions of human origins and consciousness. In contrast to much contemporary neuroscience that treats the brain as no more or less than a computer, Deacon leads us on a carefully grounded neurobiological expedition into a view of mind that does not reduce to soulless, clockwork mechanism, but is instead an emergent feature of a universe that is "nascent  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terrence William Deacon
ISBN: 0393038386 9780393038385 0393317544 9780393317541
OCLC Number: 35025924
Description: 527 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Language. The human paradox ; A loss for words ; Symbols aren't simple ; Outside the brain --
Pt. 2. Brain. The size of intelligence ; Growing apart ; A Darwinian electrician ; The talking brain ; Symbol minds ; Locating language --
Pt. 3. Co-evolution. And the word became flesh ; Symbolic origins ; A serendipitous mind ; Such stuff as dreams are made on.
Responsibility: Terrence W. Deacon.

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This revolutionary book offers fresh answers to longstanding questions of human origins and consciousness. In contrast to much contemporary neuroscience that treats the brain as no more or less than a computer, Deacon leads us on a carefully grounded neurobiological expedition into a view of mind that does not reduce to soulless, clockwork mechanism, but is instead an emergent feature of a universe that is "nascent heart and mind." His book not only provides a new clarity of vision into the mechanism of mind. It injects a renewed sense of adventure into the experience of being human.

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