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Incomplete Nature by Terrence W. Deacon
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Nov 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: in-stasis, to-read

Deacon's "Symbolic Species" is the most comprehensive and persuasive text I know for explaining the development and function of language and "information." From the reviews so far, this book takes the next step in explaining what it means to be human.

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"In a tour de force encompassing biology, neurobiology, metaphysics, information theory, physics, and semiotics, Deacon, a neuroscientist and chair of anthropology at UC-Berkeley, attempts to resolve the issue of how life and mind arose from inanimate matter. As he did in his previous book, The Symbolic Species, Deacon asks a very big question and provides the framework for an answer. He argues persuasively that complexity can comfortably emerge as a higher order function from simplicity and extends this point to discuss how nonmaterial entities such as ideas and emotions can generate physical consequences."
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