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How Brains Think: Evolving Intelligences, Then & Now

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If you’re good at finding the one right answer to life’s multiple-choice questions, you’re ”smart.” But ”intelligence” is what you need when contemplating the leftovers in the refrigerator, trying to figure out what might go with them; or if you’re trying to speak a sentence that you’ve never spoken before. As Jean Piaget said, intelligence is what you use when you don’t know what to do, when all the standard answers are inadequate. This book tries to fathom how our inner life evolves from one topic to another, as we create and reject alternatives. Ever since Darwin, we’ve known that elegant things can emerge (indeed, self-organize) from ”simpler” beginnings. And, says theoretical neurophysiologist William H. Calvin, the bootstrapping of new ideas works much like the immune response or the evolution of a new animal species—except that the brain can turn the Darwinian crank a lot faster, on the time scale of thought and action. Drawing on anthropology, evolutionary biology, linguistics, and the neurosciences, Calvin also considers how a more intelligent brain developed using slow biological improvements over the last few million years. Long ago, evolving jack-of-all trades versatility was encouraged by abrupt climate changes. Now, evolving intelligence uses a nonbiological track: augmenting human intelligence and building intelligent machines.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-166) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465072774
Subtitle:
Evolving Intelligence, Then And Now
Author:
Calvin, William H
Author:
Calvin, William H.
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Intellect
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Human information processing
Subject:
Psychology, comparative
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Science masters series
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
19960905
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.59x6.00x.85 in. .94 lbs.

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