On Deep History and the Brain

ISBN-10: 0520258126

ISBN-13: 9780520258129

Edition: 2008

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Description: When does history begin? What characterizes it? This brilliant and beautifully written book dissolves the logic of a beginning based on writing, civilization, or historical consciousness and offers a model for a history that escapes the continuing grip of the Judeo-Christian time frame. Daniel Lord Smail argues that in the wake of the Decade of the Brain and the best-selling historical work of scientists like Jared Diamond, the time has come for fundamentally new ways of thinking about our past. He shows how recent work in evolution and paleohistory makes it possible to join the deep past with the recent past and abandon, once and for all, the idea of prehistory. Making an enormous literature accessible to the general reader, he lays out a bold new case for bringing neuroscience and neurobiology into the realm of history.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Toward Reunion in History
The Grip of Sacred History
Resistance
Between Darwin and Lamarck
The New Neurohistory
Civilization and Psychotropy
Epilogue: Looking Ahead
Notes
Bibliography of Works Cited
Index
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