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Evolution of the Brain : Creation of the Self.

Author: John C Eccles
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2005. ©2005
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Sir John Eccles, a distinguished scientist and Nobel Prize winner who has devoted his scientific life to the study of the mammalian brain, tells the story of how we came to be, not only as animals at the end of the hominid evolutionary line, but also as human persons possessed of reflective consciousness.
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Eccles, John C.
Evolution of the Brain: Creation of the Self.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2005
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John C Eccles
ISBN: 9780203976661 0203976665
OCLC Number: 1048579329
Description: 1 online resource (310 pages)
Contents: Book Cover --
Half-Tiitle --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
Dedication --
Preface --
Acknowledgements --
List of abbreviations --
Chapter one Biological evolution --
1.1 The genetic code --
1.2 The modern synthesis: phyletic gradualism (Mayr, 1963) --
1.3 Punctuated equilibrium --
1.4 Genetic mechanisms in hominid evolution (White, 1978) --
1.5 General conclusions on the evolutionary origin of species --
Chapter two The general story of human evolution --
2.1 The Hominid Ancestry (Tobias, 1975a --
Simons, 1981 --
Coppens, 1983) --
2.2 The Australopithecines --
2.3 Homo habilis (Tobias, 1987) --
2.4 Homo erectus --
2.5 The Neandertals --
2.6 Homo sapiens sapiens (Facchini, 1984 --
Smith, 1984) --
2.7 Problems of hominid evolution (Facchini, 1984) --
Chapter three Evolution of hominid brain: bipedality --
agility --
3.1 The essential structural features --
3.2 The functional performance of the brain (Brooks, 1986 --
Evarts, 1981) --
3.3 Erect standing, walking, and reacting --
3.3.1 The skeletal evolution (Washburn, 1978) --
3.3.2 Bipedal walking and agility --
3.3.3 Bipedal standing --
3.3.4 The neuronal machinery --
3.4 Neuronal mechanisms evolved for the fine control of movement --
3.5 Skilled hand movement --
Chapter four Linguistic communication in hominid evolution --
4.1 The levels of language --
4.2 Linguistic expression --
4.3 The learning of a human language --
4.4 The language training of apes --
4.5 The anatomy of the cerebral cortex with special reference to the centres for speech --
4.6 Auditory pathways (Imig and Morel, 1983) --
4.7 The evolution of the brain in relation to the development of speech --
4.8 The evolution of speech production --
4.9 Language and evolutionary survival --
Chapter five Cerebral limbic system in relation to the evolution of the reproductive and emotional systems --
5.1 Some anatomical considerations. 5.2 Limbic system and emotional expression (see Uttal, 1978, Chapter 5.E) --
5.3 Pharmacology of limbic system and hypothalamus --
5.4 Size indices of components of the limbic system during primate evolution --
5.5 Consequences of the brain enlargement in hominid evolution --
5.6 The demographic strategy of hominids --
5.7 The evolution of altruism --
Chapter six Visuo-motor evolution: artistic creativity --
6.1 The visual areas of the primate cerebral cortex --
6.2 Neuronal responses in the primary visual cortex (Hubel, 1982) --
6.3 Stereopsis --
6.4 The prestriatal visual areas --
6.5 Lesions of the striatal and prestriatal visual areas --
6.6 Investigations on human brains in visual responses --
6.7 Conclusions on visual evolution --
6.8 The evolution of stone culture --
6.9 The engraving of bone plaques --
6.10 The visuo-constructive cerebral areas --
6.11 Creativity in the plastic arts --
Chapter seven Evolution of learning and memory --
7.1 Anthropoid apes as a model for the ancestral hominoid --
7.2 The learning of symbols for communication --
7.3 Comparison of ape learning with human learning --
7.4 Sizes of brain regions related to memory --
7.5 The neuroscience of learning and memory --
7.5.1 Cognitive learning and memory --
7.5.2 Motor learning and memory --
7.5.3 The combination of cognitive and motor learning --
7.6 Some special features of human memory --
7.7 Conclusions --
Chapter eight The mind-brain problem in evolution --
8.1 Historical introduction --
8.2 Consciousness of non-human animals --
8.3 The evolution of consciousness --
8.4 Philosophy of the mind-brain problem --
8.5 Experimental testing of the mind-brain problem --
8.6 Neuronal structures concerned in mind-brain interaction --
8.7 Diagrammatic comparison of mind-brain theories --
cles, 1986) ... --
8.9 Reconsideration of the mind-brain problem. Chapter nine Creation of the self and its brain --
9.1 Anatomically observed asymmetries --
9.2 Functional asymmetries --
9.3 The modular design of the cerebral neocortex --
9.4 The evolutionary pinnacle: the dawn of self-consciousness --
9.5 The unity of the self --
9.6 Commissurotomy --
9.7 The evolutionary significance of the cerebral asymmetry --
te ontogenesis: the neo-neocortex ... --
9.8.1 Neo-neocortex --
9.8.2 Gnostic functions --
9.8.3 Ontogenesis of neo-neocortex --
9.8.4 Trophic development of neo-neocortex --
9.8.5 The asymmetry of the neo-neocortical functions --
9.8.6 Hypothesis of trophic neo-neocortical development --
9.8.7 Summary of the neo-neocortex --
Chapter ten The human person --
10.1 The human person --
10.2 Cultural evolution --
10.3 Biological and cultural evolution --
10.4 The concept of mind --
10.5 Specific human characteristics --
10.5.1 Conscious time-binding --
10.5.2 Creative imagination --
10.5.3 Freedom of the will and moral responsibility --
10.6 Evolution of human nature --
10.7 The creation of the self or the soul --
Addendum: Reflections and imaginings --
Abbreviations used in References --
References --
Subject index.

Abstract:

Sir John Eccles, a distinguished scientist and Nobel Prize winner who has devoted his scientific life to the study of the mammalian brain, tells the story of how we came to be, not only as animals at the end of the hominid evolutionary line, but also as human persons possessed of reflective consciousness.

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