Error loading page.
Try refreshing the page. If that doesn't work, there may be a network issue, and you can use our self test page to see what's preventing the page from loading.
Learn more about possible network issues or contact support for more help.

From Bacteria to Bach and Back

The Evolution of Minds
eBook

"[The] best scientific-philosophical approach to understanding how consciousness evolved.... A wonderful book that will shape and drive thinking for years to come."—Shane O'Mara, Times Higher Education

How did we come to have minds? For centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities. Disciples of Darwin have explained how natural selection produced plants, but what about the human mind?

In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel C. Dennett builds on recent discoveries from biology and computer science to show, step by step, how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. A crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct. Competition among memes produced thinking tools powerful enough that our minds don't just perceive and react, they create and comprehend.

An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and scientists, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain all those curious about how the mind works.


Expand title description text
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Kindle Book

  • Release date: February 7, 2017

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9780393242089
  • File size: 7936 KB
  • Release date: February 7, 2017

EPUB eBook

  • ISBN: 9780393242089
  • File size: 7936 KB
  • Release date: February 7, 2017


Loading

Formats

Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB eBook

Languages

English

"[The] best scientific-philosophical approach to understanding how consciousness evolved.... A wonderful book that will shape and drive thinking for years to come."—Shane O'Mara, Times Higher Education

How did we come to have minds? For centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities. Disciples of Darwin have explained how natural selection produced plants, but what about the human mind?

In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel C. Dennett builds on recent discoveries from biology and computer science to show, step by step, how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. A crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct. Competition among memes produced thinking tools powerful enough that our minds don't just perceive and react, they create and comprehend.

An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and scientists, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain all those curious about how the mind works.


Expand title description text