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1 Tree of Knowledge
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 402 ratings
"This book revolutionises how we see the consciousness in relation to the brain and evolution. Ignore it at your peril"
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2 The Symbolic Species: The C...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 232 ratings
"Replaces a lot of erroneous theories on language and thought, starting with Chomsky and Pinker, with advances in evolutionary brain science and a realistic view of the contribution of culture."
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3 Descartes' Error: Emotion, ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 3,806 ratings
"Others have tried to dispel the Cartesian myth of consciousness, but none have replaced it with such a convincing model"
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4 Wider Than the Sky: The Phe...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 168 ratings
"Need to know answers to 'What is the brain?" and "How does it work?" (to the best of our knowledge so far). Edelman is your man"
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5 Construing Experience Throu...
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"Can you experience without language? Yes. Can you make sense of your experiences without language? No. This book explains "
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6 Experiments in Cultural Lan...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
"We cannot trace the evolution of language from any existing evidence, so how can we best simulate language evolution? The answer provided by Steels & his team is to provide embodied robots with general the cognitive abilities of humans and let them loose on communication games. This book represents some of the results they have gained so far and, in doing so, empirically, quickly and simply they expose the myth of language genes, instincts and a universal grammar."
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7 Brain, Mind and the Signify...
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8 Thought and Language
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 288 ratings Nick rated it 4 stars
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9 Linguistic Nativism and the...
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"A compelling argument for general cognitive abilities being more than adequate to account for language acquisition in computers and, by implication, in humans. "
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10 The Embodied Mind: Cognitiv...
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11 Metaphors We Live By
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