Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind
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Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind

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Is the universe around us a figment of our imagination? Or are our minds figments of reality? In this examination of the evolution of mind and culture, the authors argue that our minds necessarily evolved inextricably within the context of culture and language. They look at how the mind is the response of an evolving brain trying to grapple with a complex environment. Alon...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published February 27th 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 3rd 1993)
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Tiz. T.
It was interesting but I would suggest the Science of the Discworld series. It is about the same topics but a bit more modern :)
This spirited canter through the science of complexity takes high-falutin' ideas about consciousness out the back and mugs them. This is a worthy successor to Hofstadter's Godel, Escher, Bach -- that graduate-student staple of yesteryear. It's much better than their long-winded prequel The Collapse of Chaos **. Insightful and enjoyable, read it if you think you can stand the sixth-form humor. If you can, you'll probably enjoy their Terry Pratchett collaborations The Science of Discworld and The...more
wow, this book is incredible. It made me think is a whole different way about the evolution of the mind and how things such as art were integral to human development. It was very hard going at times, but so worth the effort.
Stephen Leake
Best philosophy/evolution book I've seen; refreshing presentation (lots of science fiction alliterations), convincing logic.
This is very well trodden ground. But it is a rare book indeed that treats these topics so clearly and imaginatively.
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Ian Stewart is an Emeritus Professor and Digital Media Fellow in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, with special responsibility for public awareness of mathematics and science. He is best known for his popular science writing on mathematical themes.
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