A HISTORY OF THE MIND. - Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness (Broché)

Nicholas Humphrey

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How does the water of the brain yield the wine of conscious experience? What is the link between bodily activity and our inner feeling of what its like to be ourselves? The problem of qualia-the so-called "hard problem" of consciousness-has intrigued philosophers, for generations, and remains the greatest challenge to contemporary science. In this path-breaking book, Nicholas Humphrey examines the issues in the fight of evolutionary history and proposes a solution very different from any previously offered. He suggests that instead of focusing on second-order mental faculties, or "thoughts about thoughts," we need to look at the raw sensations themselves that are central to all conscious states. He takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through little-known areas of biology, psychology, and philosophy, to discover the origins of all forms of self-awareness in the primitive pain and pleasure responses of our distant ancestors. Packed with psychological information and ingenious speculation, A History of the Mind not only recasts the debate about the nature of conscious experience but provides fascinating insights into many other topics along the way. Already a classic, this book is as informative and entertaining as it is profound.
    • Mind and body
    • "Puzzling work": an inside about language
    • What happened in history: the inside story
    • The double province of the senses
    • "What do we see?" Color is the keyboard
    • In the realm of the senses
    • Shuttle vision
    • "It must look queer!" New arrangements
    • Mind-blindness and blind-mindness
    • More about blindsight
    • A fire in the hand; a dagger of the mind
    • He thought he saw an elephant
    • Here it lies
    • Here what lies? A chapter about definition
    • Five characteristics in search of a theory
    • The problem of ownership (a tack to starboard)
    • The question of indexicals (a tack to port)
    • Plus ça change..
    • A little mind music
    • Specific nerve energies? Smoke without fire
    • Time present
    • Hurrah! Hurrah!-for the old ways
    • The mind made flesh
    • Water and wine
    • Being and nothingness
  • Date de parution : 27/10/1999
  • Editeur : Springer
  • ISBN : 0-387-98719-3
  • EAN : 9780387987194
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 238 pages
  • Poids : 0.385 Kg
  • Dimensions : 15,5 cm × 23,5 cm × 1,8 cm

Biographie de Nicholas Humphrey

Nicholas Humphrey is Professor of Psychology at The New School University and a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the London School of Economics. He is the author of Consciousness Regained, The Inner Eye, and Leaps of Faith.

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