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Mind Design: The Adaptive Organization of Human Nature, Minds, and Behaviordoes what most books on the subject don’t do. It deals with the “big questions” in psychology and philosophy from an evolutionary neuroscience perspective. This highly readable volume provides a provocative look at the evolutionary origins and neurophysiological underpinnings of mind-including free will, the self, biological origins of the duality of human moral nature, human mate value and mate selection, the sensory/perceptual systems as adaptive virtual reality machines, and the emotions, intelligence, and consciousness as evolved psychological adaptations.
Table of Contents
|The Majesty of Nature||p. 1|
|Brains, Minds, and Other Natural Matter: The Astonishing Hypothesis||p. 9|
|Plastic Brains and the "Right Stuff": The Astonishing Hypothesis, Part II||p. 53|
|Why We Do What We Do: From Reflex to Reflection; Volition and Free Will||p. 73|
|Building the Self, Degrees of Determinism, and Moral Responsibility||p. 111|
|Origins: Entropy, Life, and Psychology's First Fundamental Law||p. 155|
|Information, Learning, and the Nature-Nurture Continuum||p. 201|
|Sensory Systems, Virtual Reality Machines, And Worlds in the Mind||p. 253|
|Emotions, Life as a Social Creature, and the Duality of Human Moral Nature||p. 315|
|The Engines of Thought||p. 369|
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