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From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
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From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (Paperback)

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Summer Collection'Required reading for anyone remotely curious about how they came to be remotely curious' Observer 'Enthralling' Spectator What is human consciousness and how is it possible? These questions fascinate thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers. This is Daniel C. Dennett's brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains and human culture. Part philosophical whodunnit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett's career at the forefront of philosophical thought. In his inimitable style, laced with wit and thought experiments, Dennett shows how culture enables reflection by installing a profusion of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains, and how language turbocharges this process. The result: a mind that can comprehend the questions it poses, has emerged from a process of cultural evolution. An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and thinkers, From Bacteria to Bach and Back is essential for anyone who hopes to understand human creativity in all its applications.



Daniel C. Dennett is the University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He is the author of numerous books including Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Breaking the Spell, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

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A fascinating exploration into the evolution of the mind. Drawing on the ideas of Descartes, Darwin and Dawkins and at times suggesting that regardless of the insights that have been made in the past 200 years into how the mind works it may very well have originated in what is referred to as the “mindless process of natural selection..”. Essential reading for anyone who’s questioning continues amidst such seismic advances into both technology and neuroscience in recent times.

Stephen, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 14/06/2018

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