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  • Title: The Conscious Mind
  • Author: Zoltan Torey
  • ISBN: 9780262525725
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • How did the human mind emerge from the collection of neurons that makes up the brain How did the brain acquire self awareness, functional autonomy, language, and the ability to think, to understand itself and the world In this volume in the Essential Knowledge series, Zoltan Torey offers an accessible and concise description of the evolutionary breakthrough that createdHow did the human mind emerge from the collection of neurons that makes up the brain How did the brain acquire self awareness, functional autonomy, language, and the ability to think, to understand itself and the world In this volume in the Essential Knowledge series, Zoltan Torey offers an accessible and concise description of the evolutionary breakthrough that created the human mind Drawing on insights from evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and linguistics, Torey reconstructs the sequence of events by which Homo erectus became Homo sapiens He describes the augmented functioning that underpins the emergent mind a new off line internal response system with which the brain accesses itself and then forms a selection mechanism for mentally generated behavior options This functional breakthrough, Torey argues, explains how the animal brain s awareness became self accessible and reflective that is, how the human brain acquired a conscious mind Consciousness, unlike animal awareness, is not a unitary phenomenon but a composite process Torey s account shows how protolanguage evolved into language, how a brain subsystem for the emergent mind was built, and why these developments are opaque to introspection We experience the brain s functional autonomy, he argues, as free will Torey proposes that once life began, consciousness had to emerge because consciousness is the informational source of the brain s behavioral response Consciousness, he argues, is not a newly acquired quality, cosmic principle, circuitry arrangement, or epiphenomenon, as others have argued, but an indispensable working component of the living system s manner of functioning.
    The Conscious Mind How did the human mind emerge from the collection of neurons that makes up the brain How did the brain acquire self awareness functional autonomy language and the ability to think to understand it

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    1. Excellent and accessible story of how consciousness and mind emerged from animal awareness I find that this study along with the book Incomplete Nature which I finished a few months earlier are the best yet conceptualizations of this process of development emergence Highly recommended I want to eventually attempt his The Crucible of Consciousness An Integrated Theory of Mind and Brain although it sounds rather dense and academic.

    2. So many things in this book brought up issues, and in the end I never felt in openly and honestly addressed the true origin of conscious development in the human species.Stating that we gained or acquired certain capabilities in the mind without any theory or information to back it up, left me with a very empty feeling and once again the belief that science, or what passes for it, will always be lacking in search for an explanation to the development of self conscious awareness, it s function an [...]

    3. A really brilliant and that s not just my opinion short book detailing a theory of how the brain became aware of itself and developed into a self reflective mind with the capacity to monitor and thus withhold response, i.e the development of limited free will And it s beautifully and mostly fully comprehensibly written to boot

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