From Bacteria to Bach and Back  The Evolution of Minds
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 07 February 2017
  • ISBN : 9780393242089
  • Page : 496 pages
  • Rating : 3.5/5 from 7 voters

Download or read online book entitled From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds, was written by Daniel C. Dennett and published by W. W. Norton & Company in pdf, epub and kindle format. This book was released on 07 February 2017 with total pages 496. "A supremely enjoyable, intoxicating work." —Nature 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.

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