A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness by Nicholas HumphreyA History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey

A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness

byNicholas Humphrey

Paperback | July 20, 1999

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This book is a tour-de-force on how human consciousness may have evolved. From the "phantom pain" experienced by people who have lost their limbs to the uncanny faculty of "blindsight," Humphrey argues that raw sensations are central to all conscious states and that consciousness must have evolved, just like all other mental faculties, over time from our ancestors' bodily responses to pain and pleasure. '
Title:A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of ConsciousnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pagesPublished:July 20, 1999Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387987193

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From the Author

How does the water of the mind yield the wine of conscious experience? What is the link between bodily activity and our inner feeling of what it's 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 light 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.

Table of Contents

Mind and Body.- "Puzzling Work": An Aside 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 CA Change....- A Little Mind Music.- Specific Nerve Energies?.- Smoke Without Fire.- Time Present.- Hurrah!.- Being and Nothingness.- 229.- 235.