The Long Evolution of Brains and Minds

Authors: Roth, Gerhard

  • First book with thorough analysis of relationship between evolution of nervous systems and evolution of intelligence
  • Competent discussion of the mind-body problem in the context of brain evolution
  • Strong arguments against uniqueness of human brain and mind
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The main topic of the book is a reconstruction of the evolution of nervous systems and brains as well as of mental-cognitive abilities, in short “intelligence” from simplest organisms to humans. It investigates to which extent the two are correlated. One central topic is the alleged uniqueness of the human brain and human intelligence and mind. It is discussed which neural features make certain animals and humans intelligent and creative: Is it absolute or relative brain size or the size of “intelligence centers” inside the brains, the number of nerve cells inside the brain in total or in such “intelligence centers” decisive for the degree of intelligence, of mind and eventually consciousness? And which are the driving forces behind these processes? Finally, it is asked what all this means for the classical problem of mind-brain relationship and for a naturalistic theory of mind.

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“The author examines in detail the structural/functional differences in the ring nervous systems of Cnidaria, diffuse nerve nets of bilateria, and the complex invertebrate brain of cephalopods (especially octopus), among others. … This book is highly recommended for anyone with research agendas in comparative neuroscience, evolutionary neuroscience, cognitive science in general, and philosophy of mind.” (Paul Tibbetts, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 88, December, 2013)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Long Evolution of Brains and Minds
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6259-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6259-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6258-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9606-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 320
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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