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From Bacteria to Bach and Back

From Bacteria to Bach and Back

The Evolution of Minds

by Daniel C. Dennett

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 20/02/2018

  $34.40
How did we come to have minds? For centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities. Disciples of Darwin have explained how natural selection produced plants, but what about the human mind? In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel C. Dennett builds on recent discoveries from biology and computer science to show, step by step, how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. A crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct. Competition among memes produced thinking tools powerful enough that our minds don't just perceive and react, they create and comprehend. An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and scientists, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain all those curious about how the mind works.
ISBN:
9780393355505
9780393355505
Category:
Philosophy of mind
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20-02-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
W. W.\Norton#& Company, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
208.28x139.7x20.32mm
Weight:
0.39kg
Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett is the University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.

He is the author of numerous books including Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Breaking the Spell, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

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