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Instinct and Revelation : Reflections on the Origins of Numinous Perception - Alondra Oubre

Instinct and Revelation

Reflections on the Origins of Numinous Perception

Paperback Published: 28th October 1997
ISBN: 9789056995287
Number Of Pages: 320

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Instinct and Revelation revolves around the hypothesis that ritual behavior and imaginative awareness in early hominids may have helped to spawn the evolution of the human brain and human consciousness. Using an integral perspective comparable with systems theory, the book carefully interweaves fact and theory from physical and cultural anthropology, psychobiology and the brain sciences, psychology, and to a lesser degree, eastern philosophy. This book breaks from tradition by discussing from a primarily anthropological perspective the origin of human consciousness within a philosophical framework that embraces precepts from human evolution, evolutionary psychology, the neurosciences, biocultural anthropology, and cultural symbolic anthropology.

Introduction to the Seriesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Dawn of Consciousness, Culture, and the Numinous Mindp. 19
The Hominid Journey: An Odyssey Through Human Evolutionp. 37
The Hominid Brain: The Emergence of the "Two Pound Universe"p. 81
The Numinous Mind in Evolutionary Perspectivep. 111
The Nectar of Chant: The Vocal Path to Encephalizationp. 167
Glossaryp. 201
Chapter Notesp. 217
Referencesp. 263
Appendixp. 283
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9789056995287
ISBN-10: 9056995286
Series: Optoelectronic Properties of Semiconductors and Superlattice
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1