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Evolution, Culture, and Consciousness : The Discovery of the Preconscious Mind - Thomas E. McNamara

Evolution, Culture, and Consciousness

The Discovery of the Preconscious Mind

Paperback Published: 28th February 2004
ISBN: 9780761827658
Number Of Pages: 310

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Thomas McNamara, in Evolution, Culture, and Consciousness, presents the first comprehensive theory of human perception and consciousness based on the generally accepted principles of evolutionary psychology. This theory, building on the best evolutionary research, explains that just a few simple neurological changes in the primate brain account for human speech, self-consciousness and the creation of meaning out of experience. All primates can learn, but our species evolved a new instinct for learning, which makes childhood learning just as powerful as the other biological instincts found in all other primates. McNamara shows that children are genetically programmed to learn not just what to think, but how to think, shaping the preconscious process for creating meaning out of experience. However, because our environment has changed radically since our origin, this archaic form of consciousness has become a major block to human development and success. After explaining how we have all been programmed to preconsciously create meaning out of experience, McNamara shows how we can create a new and more successful way of thinking and feeling, resulting in a happier, more productive, stress free life.

The evolution of consciousness
An overview of the theoryp. 3
The evidence
The role of culture in human evolutionp. 41
Culture and the preconscious mindp. 63
The problem
The limits of instinctual self-consciousnessp. 117
Present-centered consciousness
A new consciousness for a new environmentp. 177
The future of experiencep. 235
Referencesp. 295
Indexp. 301
About the authorp. 311
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ISBN: 9780761827658
ISBN-10: 076182765X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 28th February 2004
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.29  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.48

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