Evolving the Mind: On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of Consciousness

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August 2003



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. In a straightforward, conversational style, Cairns-Smith synthesizes the contributions of a wide range of scientific disciplines to bring science to the brink of a unified theory of consciousness. 66 illustrations.


1. Material things; 2. Life; 3. Forms of intelligence; 4. Places in the brain; 5. Correlates of consciousness; 6. Dreaming aware; 7. Space time and substance; 8. Making theories; 9. Quantum theories of consciousness; 10. Conversation and coda; References; Index.


'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
EAN: 9780521637558
ISBN: 0521637554
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2003
Seitenanzahl: 340 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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