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Evolution of the Brain: Creation of the Self

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Sir John Eccles, a distinguished scientist and Nobel Prize winner who has devoted his scientific life to the study of the mammalian brain, tells the story of how we came to be, not only as animals at the end of the hominid evolutionary line, but also as human persons possessed of reflective consciousness.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 14th 1991 by Routledge (first published 1989)
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Oct 15, 2013 Vince rated it liked it
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The book was mostly above my head with respect to biology and human anatomy (brain). However, there were discussions on the evolution of homo sapiens that were clear and educational. The interaction of Homo sapiens and Neanderthals was presented with two theories, one of war & conquest and one of co-existing & competition.

It is the last three chapters that were of interest to me. John C. Eccles (Nobel Prize winner in Neurology) speculates on the interaction of the biological machine of
Dec 16, 2012 Spencer rated it liked it
Eccles discusses changes in the brain from the ancestors we share in common with the great apes until now. There were some comments on the evolution of bipedalism that were noteworthy.

Concerning his philosophy of mind: it is developed in collaboration with Karl Popper and posits 3 Worlds which correspond roughly to the physical, mental, and mathematical realms. I personally hold this distinction to be one of convenience and not of reality. I do not believe that brains/minds are separate from the
Jul 29, 2011 Gertrud rated it it was amazing
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Ein sehr beeindruckendes Werk. Allerdings auch sehr wissenschaftlich und für den Nicht-Mediziner oft schwer zu verstehen. Dafür sind die philosophischen Passagen und die Ausführungen der Evolution der frühen Menschen umso beeindruckender.
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Sir John Carew Eccles, AC FRS FRACP FRSNZ FAAS (27 January 1903 – 2 May 1997) was an Australian neurophysiologist who won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the synapse.
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