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The accidental mind

Author: David J Linden
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
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"A guide to the strange and often illogal world of neural function, 'The accidendal mind' shows how the brain is not an optimized, general-purpose problem-solving machine, but rather a weird agglomeration of ad-hoc solutions that have been piled on through millions of years of evolutionary history. Moreover Linden tells us how the constraints of evolved brain design have ultimately led to almost every transcendent  Read more...
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Linden, David J., 1961-
Accidental mind.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007
(DLC) 2006047905
(OCoLC)72799724
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Linden
ISBN: 9780674076594 0674076591
OCLC Number: 824363007
Awards: Winner of Independent Publisher Book Awards: Science Category Bronze Award 2007
Winner of Association of American Publishers/Professional and Scholarly Publishing: Sociology and Anthropology 1998
Winner of American Sociological Association: Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award 1999
Winner of AESA Critic's Choice Award 2000
Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (Science) 2008
Description: 1 online resource (276 pages) : illustrations
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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