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Read online From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds How did we come to have minds .

For centuries this question has intrigued psychologists physicists poets and philosophers who have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled ability to create imagine and explain Disciples of Darwin have long aspired to explain how consciousness language and culture could have appeared through natural selection blazing promising trails that tend however to end in confusion and controversy Even though our understanding of the inner workings of proteins neurons and DNA is deeper than ever before the matter of how our minds came to be has largely remained a mystery .

That is now changing says Daniel C Dennett In em From Bacteria to Bach and Back em his most comprehensive exploration of evolutionary thinking yet he builds on ideas from computer science and biology to show how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection Part philosophical whodunit part bold scientific conjecture this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett s legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought .

In his inimitable style laced with wit and arresting thought experiments Dennett explains that a crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct Language itself composed of memes turbocharged this interplay Competition among memes a form of natural selection produced thinking tools so well designed that they gave us the power to design our own memes The result a mind that not only perceives and controls but can create and comprehend was thus largely shaped by the process of cultural evolution .

An agenda setting book for a new generation of philosophers scientists and thinkers em From Bacteria to Bach and Back em will delight and entertain anyone eager to make sense of how the mind works and how it came about by Daniel C. Dennett

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From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
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Category:Philosophy, Science, Non fiction, Psychology, Evolution, Biology
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No description available, No description available, Over a storied career Daniel C Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding And a lot of fun br em Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking em offers seventy seven of Dennett s most successful imagination extenders and focus holders meant to guide you through some of life s most treacherous subject matter evolution meaning mind and free will With patience and wit Dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering readers insight into how and why each tool was built br br br Alongside well known favorites like Occam s Razor and em reductio ad absurdum em lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett s own creations em Trapped in the Robot Control Room em em Beware of the Prime Mammal em and em The Wandering Two Bitser em Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology biology computer science and physics Dennett s tools embrace in equal measure light heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike As always his goal remains to teach you how to think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions br br br A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that s also studded with impish delights em Intuition Pumps em amp nbsp offers intrepid thinkers in all walks of life delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers, Combining ideas from philosophy artificial intelligence and neurobiology Daniel Dennett leads the reader on a fascinating journey of inquiry exploring such intriguing possibilities as Can any of us really know what is going on in someone else s mind What distinguishes the human mind from the minds of animals especially those capable of complex behavior If such animals for instance were magically given the power of language would their communities evolve an intelligence as subtly discriminating as ours Will robots once they have been endowed with sensory systems like those that provide us with experience ever exhibit the particular traits long thought to distinguish the human mind including the ability to think about thinking Dennett addresses these questions from an evolutionary perspective Beginning with the macromolecules of DNA and RNA the author shows how step by step animal life moved from the simple ability to respond to frequently recurring environmental conditions to much more powerful ways of beating the odds ways of using patterns of past experience to predict the future in never before encountered situations Whether talking about robots whose video camera eyes give us the powerful illusion that there is somebody in there or asking us to consider whether spiders are just tiny robots mindlessly spinning their webs of elegant design Dennett is a master at finding and posing questions sure to stimulate and even disturb