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The evolution of the sensitive soul : learning and the origins of consciousness

Author: Simona Ginsburg; Eva Jablonka; Anna Zeligowski
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2019] ©2019
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"What marked the evolutionary transition from organisms that lacked consciousness to those with consciousness--to minimal subjective experiencing, or, as Aristotle described it, "the sensitive soul"? In this book, Simona Ginsburg and Eva Jablonka propose a new theory about the origin of consciousness that finds learning to be the driving force in the transition to basic consciousness. Using a methodology similar to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simona Ginsburg; Eva Jablonka; Anna Zeligowski
ISBN: 9780262039307 0262039303
OCLC Number: 1050141332
Description: xviii, 646 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction to Part I. Rationale and foundations. Goal-directed systems : an evolutionary approach to life and consciousness --
The organization and evolution of the mind : from Lamarck to the neuroscience of consciousness --
The emergentist consensus : neurobiological perspectives --
A biological bridge across the qualia gap? --
The distribution question : which animals are conscious? --
Introduction to Part II. Major transitions in the evolution of the mind. The neural transition and the building blocks of minimal consciousness --
The transition to associative learning : the first stage --
The transition to unlimited associative learning : how the dice became loaded --
The Cambrian explosion and its soulful ramifications --
The golem's predicament.
Responsibility: Simona Ginsburg and Eva Jablonka ; with illustrations by Anna Zeligowski.

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