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By John S. Allen

notwithstanding we've different distinguishing features (walking on legs, for example, and relative hairlessness), the mind and the habit it produces are what really set us except the opposite apes and primates. and the way this three-pound organ composed of water, fats, and protein became a mammal species into the dominant animal in the world at the present time is the tale John S. Allen seeks to inform.

Adopting what he calls a “bottom-up” method of the evolution of human habit, Allen considers the mind as a organic organ; a suite of genes, cells, and tissues that grows, eats, and a while, and is topic to the direct results of traditional choice and the phylogenetic constraints of its ancestry. An exploration of the evolution of this severe organ in accordance with contemporary paintings in paleo­anthropology, mind anatomy and neuroimaging, molecular genetics, existence heritage thought, and comparable fields, his ebook exhibits us the mind as a fabricated from the contexts during which it developed: phylogenetic, somatic, genetic, ecological, demographic, and eventually, cultural-linguistic. all through, Allen specializes in the rules of mind evolution instead of the evolution of habit or cognition. this attitude demonstrates how, simply as a few facets of our habit emerge in unforeseen methods from the advance of definite cognitive capacities, a extra nuanced figuring out of behavioral evolution may strengthen from a clearer photo of mind evolution.

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