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Books on brain/mind, neuroscience, evolution of brain etc. #4

Evolutionary explanations of how the brain/mind works

  • Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind by Gary Marcus (2008) BB 4/2012
  • The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution, by Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending (2009) Jc 6/10
  • The First Idea: How symbols, language, and intelligence evolved from our primate ancestors to modern humans by Stanley Greenspan and Stuart Shanker
  • Calvin, William H., A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond
  • The Mind’s Past by Gazzaniga (1998)
  • Mithen, Steven, Thoughtful Foragers: A Study of Prehistoric decision-making (2009, 300pp) – very expensive book, perhaps too specialized
  • Prehistory of the Mind
  • Your Inner Ape

comment on the first idea:2004 emphasize emotions and learning in early years as esp. impt. in forming brain, which recently was still evolving.
comment on a brief history of the mind 2004, 190 pp. brief, readable, but his own views may be on the edge rather than center of the main interpretations—I don’t know yet.