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Chaos and Intoxication : Complexity and Adaptation in the Structure of Human Nature - Alan Dean

Chaos and Intoxication

Complexity and Adaptation in the Structure of Human Nature

By: Alan Dean

Paperback Published: 2nd October 1997
ISBN: 9780415146159
Number Of Pages: 200

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Why do people do things which can often cause great personal harm even when they know this to be the case? "Chaos and Intoxication" examines this question and presents a detailed discussion of the chaotic nature of human existence, first exploring three general areas, then bringing them together to develop a general theory of chaos and human nature. The first, neurobiology and genetics, allows the evolution of the mind to be examined from a Darwinian perspective, highlighting the way development is structured by natural selection.The second theme, cognition and collective action, is considered in light of evidence indicating that the way we think is also subject to natural selection. Furthermore, it is argued there is a meaningful distinction between reason and rationality. This book will be essential reading for students of social policy, anthropology and sociology as well as professionals working in drug and alcohol support services.

Introduction: Towards a Chaos Theory of Human Nature
the Embodiment of Intoxication
Biology and Experience
the Evolution of the Mind
Consciousness and Language
Reason, Rationality and Individual Action
Adaptation and Uncertainty in Human Nature
Principles of Complexity and Chaos
Working with Chaos
Chaos and Intoxication
Is Existence Fractal?
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ISBN: 9780415146159
ISBN-10: 0415146151
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 2nd October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1