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The long evolution of brains and minds, Gerhard Roth

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The long evolution of brains and minds
Title
The long evolution of brains and minds
Statement of responsibility
Gerhard Roth
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Language
eng
Summary
On the basis of evolutionary and behavioral biology, neuroscience and anthropology, this book investigates to which extent it is possible to reconstruct the evolution of nervous systems and brains as well as of mental-cognitive abilities, in short "intelligence", and to which extent we can correlate the one with the other. One central question is, whether or not abilities exist that make humans truly unique, or whether the evolution of the human mind was a gradual process. Exactly which neural features make animals and humans intelligent and creative? Is it absolute or relative brain size or the size of "intelligence centers" inside the brains, the number of nerve cells inside the brain in total or in such "intelligence centers" decisive for the degree of intelligence, of mind and eventually consciousness? Which are the driving forces behind these processes? Here, many different answers exist. For some experts the driving force for brains and minds are the conditions for biological survival: the more complex these conditions, the more effective need to be sense organs, nervous systems and brains, and the stronger is the tendency to an increase in learning abilities, behavioral flexibility and innovation power of animals. This is the ecological intellicence hypothesis. Other authors believe that the true driving force is the challenge from social life of an animal: the more complex the social conditions, the more sophisticated are abilities such as social learning, imitation, empathy, knowledge transfer, consciousness and the development of a theory of mind and meta-cognition. This, again, needs progressive changes inside the brains. This is the social intelligence hypothesis. Again other authors distinguish physical intelligence as a third form of cognitive functions mostly related to tool use, tool fabrication and understanding of the principles of how things work. Finally, some experts believe that the decisive factor in the evolution of brains and minds consisted in an increase in the speed and efficacy of information processing in cognitive brain centers. This is the general intelligence or information processing hypothesis. It is discussed, which of these hypotheses is the most convincing one. At its end, the book deals with the eminent question of whether we can arrive at a naturalistic concept of mind and consciousness. Is it possible to explain mind and intelligence within the framework of the natural science, or do mind and intelligence as found in humans, transcend nature?
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1942 August 15-
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Roth, Gerhard
Dewey number
573.801
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Nervous system
  • Developmental neurobiology
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Mind and body
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The long evolution of brains and minds, Gerhard Roth
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • The Deuterostomia
  • The Brains of Vertebrates
  • Sensory Systems: The Coupling between Brain and Environment
  • How Intelligent Are Vertebrates?
  • Do Animals Have Consciousness?
  • Comparing Vertebrate Brains
  • Are Humans Unique?
  • Determinants of the Evolution of Brains and Minds
  • Brains and Minds
  • Introduction: Are Mind and Brain a Unity?
  • Mind and Intelligence
  • What Is Evolution?
  • The Mind Begins with Life
  • The Language of Neurons
  • Bacteria, Archaea, Protozoa: Successful Life without a Nervous System
  • The "Invertebrates" and Their Nervous Systems
  • Invertebrate Cognition and Intelligence
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ocn847842032
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unknown
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1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789400762589
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unknown
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not applicable
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)847842032
Label
The long evolution of brains and minds, Gerhard Roth
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • The Deuterostomia
  • The Brains of Vertebrates
  • Sensory Systems: The Coupling between Brain and Environment
  • How Intelligent Are Vertebrates?
  • Do Animals Have Consciousness?
  • Comparing Vertebrate Brains
  • Are Humans Unique?
  • Determinants of the Evolution of Brains and Minds
  • Brains and Minds
  • Introduction: Are Mind and Brain a Unity?
  • Mind and Intelligence
  • What Is Evolution?
  • The Mind Begins with Life
  • The Language of Neurons
  • Bacteria, Archaea, Protozoa: Successful Life without a Nervous System
  • The "Invertebrates" and Their Nervous Systems
  • Invertebrate Cognition and Intelligence
Control code
ocn847842032
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789400762589
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)847842032

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