The evolution of consciousness book

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the evolution of consciousness book

Evolution of Consciousness: The Origins of the Way We Think by Robert Evan Ornstein

Based on his lifes research, Robert Ornstein provides a look at the evolution of the mind. He explains that we are not rational but adaptive, and that it is Darwin, not Freud, who is the central scientist of the brain. Our minds have evolved to help us survive, not to reason. At the same time, our individual worlds have developed our minds and destroyed many of our natural abilities.
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This book demonstrates how humans have seven ways to see and make meaning of the world. These represent the steps in the evolution of consciousness as.
Robert Evan Ornstein


Thank you! We are basically emotional animals, Ornstein says, acknowledging the importance of Darwin through his studies of emotional expression and child development and Freud in emphasizing the primacy of emotional contexts. Dennett in Consciousness Explained reviewed above --and more about human evolution and behavior in general. A new twist is the theory that the rapid expansion of the brain prior to language development had to do with the need to cool neurons in bipedal animals bereft of the circulatory mechanisms available to quadrupeds. It is a scenario about moving to the warm savannahs, tracking animals in the sun, and evolving more neurons, distributed differently, along with a cunning adaptation of venous flow to protect ultrasensitive nerve cells. Clearly the jury is out on that one. Much of the concluding material amounts to a sermon on why we need to move away from bodies evolved to adapt to life 10, years ago and toward a new adaptation to the overpopulated, nuclear- threatened, polluted world around us.


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Everyone thinks of himself or herself as a 'self', possessing a single mind. We think of that mind as rational and, if we are not modern cognitive scientists, also as conscious. We think that we go through life noticing our surroundings and responding, at least some of the time, in an intelligent way. We believe that we make decisions based on the analysis of information leading to reasoned choice. Not so, says Robert Ornstein. We are,.


  1. Marlon C. says:

    I first read this book years ago, when it came out. ( as I recall) I was just beginning to read up on current neuroscience and had read The Three-Pound.

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