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Evolving the Mind : On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of Consciousness - A. Graham Cairns-Smith

Evolving the Mind

On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of Consciousness

Paperback Published: 1st June 1998
ISBN: 9780521637558
Number Of Pages: 340

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The next great revolution in science will undoubtedly be the emergence of a useful theory of consciousness--a theory based on our better understanding of molecules and brains and of the nature of science itself. Evolving the Mind broaches both of these themes, covering how ideas about the mind evolved in science and how the mind itself evolved in Nature. What Cairns-Smith does that is particularly compelling is to synthesize the contributions of a wide range of scientific disciplines (physics, molecular biology, brain science, and evolution) to bring science to the brink of a unified theory of consciousness. The author thoroughly explores this complex concept in a straightforward, conversational style. Few readers will be able to resist the exciting conclusion that we are closing in on a scientific theory of consciousness.

'A. G. Cairns-Smith is a brilliant explainer of difficult ideas, bringing to the task an imagination that is magnificently disciplined by detailed scientific understanding. He is also open-minded. His book will tantalize participants and onlookers of all persuasions.' Daniel C. Dennett, Nature '... an absorbing book ... an enjoyable and rewarding read: throw out a couple of thrillers and take it on holiday.' New Scientist 'Cairns-Smith has a story to tell and he does so, eloquently and well.' Susan Greenfield, The Times Higher Educational Supplement 'Cairns-Smith offers a very intelligent human's guide to physics, molecular biology and neuroscience; on these he is both contemporary and more accurate than a cohort of Ph-doctored science newswriters. He deserves a new Nobel for Honest Communication.' Hilton Stowell, Journal of Consciousness Studies

Material things
Life
Forms of intelligence
Places in the brain
Correlates of consciousness
Dreaming aware
Space time and substance
Making theories
Quantum theories of consciousness
Conversation and coda
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521637558
ISBN-10: 0521637554
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 1st June 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.16  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.54