Mind So Rare The Evolution of Human Consciousness

ISBN-10: 0393323196
ISBN-13: 9780393323191
Edition: 2002
Authors: Merlin Donald
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Drawing on his theory of the origins of the modern mind, Merlin Donald's thesis presents the forces, both cultural and neuronal, that power our distinctively human modes of awareness. Donald proposes a hybrid mind is an evolutionary advantage for humans and humanity.

Merlin Donald is Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Prologue
Consciousness in Evolution
Demons and memes
Questions of definition
Building our own demons
How this book is organized
The Paradox of Consciousness
A limited instrument
Minimalist people
The ultimate form of deconstruction
The tunnel of consciousness
The paradox of paradoxes
Hardliners
Radical presumption
Even more radical presumption
Dennett's dangerous idea
Conclusion
The Governor of Mental Life
The time frame of awareness
Confusion over automaticity
The clinical view: Consciousness and self-governance
An aggressive, interventionist consciousness: A case history
Zasetsky's mirror twins
A literary view
Vertical depth and unity: The true reach of metacognition
Internalization and solipsistic awareness
Changing our model
The Consciousness Club
The materiality of mind
Eliminating the scale problem
Vestigial brains, not so vestigial minds
Avoiding the scala naturae
Defining the domain
The Consciousness Club
Bringing extra resources to bear
Embodiment, egocenters, and homunculi
The Executive Suite: Defining the primate "zone of proximal evolution"
Three Levels of Basic Awareness
The myth of the isolated mind
The great computational divide
The dawn of hybrid mind: Access to memory
Models of models and the tertiary regions
Chasing phantoms
Level-1 awareness: Selective binding
Level-2 awareness: Short-term control
Level-3 awareness: Intermediate- and long-term governance
Episodic awareness
Entertaining a radical possibility
Condillac's Statue
Minds in motion
Superplasticity
The Third Man: Deep enculturation
The much-misunderstood Statue and the birth of Constructivism
Mandler's dictum
The extraordinary mind of Helen Keller
Contact
Outside-Inside
The First Hybrid Minds on Earth
Abandoning solipsism
Consciousness and community of mind
The cultural relevance of a multifocal, multilayered consciousness
The stages of human cultural and cognitive evolution
The first transition: Establishing the mimetic framework of human culture
The germ of self-consciousness
Kinematic imagination
The second transition: The spiraling coevolution of thought and symbol
Piggybacking language on culture
Our cerebral boxing match with the cultural matrix
The management of idea-laundering schemes
Symbolic invention and the growth of the lexicon
The virtual realities of oral-mythic culture
Collectivity of mind
The Triumph of Consciousness
The third transition: The invention of symbolic technologies
A Mirror of Consciousness: The external memory field
A cerebral Trojan Horse
Multilayered cultures, multilayered domains of awareness
The essential unity of the conscious hierarchy
Coda
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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