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Evolution of the Brain: Creation of the Self

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The author of this book, Sir John Eccles, was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work on conduction in the central nervous system and its implications for the mammalian brain. In this book, he tells the story of how man came to be as he is, not only as an animal at the end of the hominid evolutionary line, but also as a human being possessed of reflective consciousness. He trac ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Routledge (first published 1989)
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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
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
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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