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Figments of Reality

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Is the universe around us a figment of our imagination? Or are our minds figments of reality? In this refreshing new look at the evolution of mind and culture, bestselling authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen eloquently argue that our minds necessarily evolved in an inextricable link with culture and language. They go beyond conventional reductionist ideas to look at how the ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published December 16th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 3rd 1993)
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Mar 17, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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Jan 26, 2008 Stephen Leake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best philosophy/evolution book I've seen; refreshing presentation (lots of science fiction alliterations), convincing logic.
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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 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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