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Insect-Populated Mind : How Insects Have Influenced the Evolution of Consciousness - David Spooner

Insect-Populated Mind

How Insects Have Influenced the Evolution of Consciousness

Paperback Published: 28th August 2005
ISBN: 9780761831754
Number Of Pages: 186

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In The Insect-Populated Mind, author David Spooner proposes a close connection between aspects of insect evolution and the human intellect. By examining seemingly disparate subjects, such as entomology, language, theory, genetics, astronomy, literature, and music, Spooner proves that synthesis is indeed possible. Once this fusion is achieved, the human species can be seen as connected not just to the great apes, but also via consciousness to metamorphic insects. While considering Richard Dawkins' and Susan Blackmore's expositions of memes, Spooner suggests that the concept of memes remains a peripheral understanding of religion and the arts. The book also presents arguments on the roots and nature of the mind in the work of Daniel Dennett and Steven Pinker.

Prefacep. vii
p. 1
Ape, Insect and Humanp. 3
The Cosmic Cultural Faculty in Relation to the Meme Machinep. 14
Shakespeare and the Nature of Verbal and Musical Languagep. 22
Schopenhauer, Music and The Order of Thingsp. 29
From Apuleius to A.R. Wallace: Evolutionary Theory and Some Literary Animals and Insectsp. 37
The Greek Supplementals in Their Connection to [Psi]YXH: How Breath, Soul and Butterfly are Linguistically Interconnectedp. 45
Coleridge's Tetraktys: Summit of His Metaphysics, Death of His Poetryp. 51
William Blake, Rhapsodist of the Fourfoldp. 56
p. 63
From the Big Bang to Life on Earthp. 65
Insects and Mind: The Poetry of Damaso Alonsop. 73
A.R. Wallace's Swallowtails: Mimicry and Evolutionp. 82
Of Cells and Mutationp. 96
Ancient and Medieval Cosmologyp. 103
The Spread of the Fourfold Constant into Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Literaturep. 117
Thoreau's Insect Sciencep. 130
The Scientific Ambiguities of Literary Creation: Nabokov's Art of Evolutionp. 139
Appendixp. 149
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780761831754
ISBN-10: 0761831754
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 28th August 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.2  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.31

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