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From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds

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By: Daniel C Dennett(Author)
478 pages, 2 plates with 4 colour photos and colour illustrations; 18 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Penguin Books
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One of America’s foremost philosophers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind
From Bacteria to Bach and Back
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What is human consciousness and how is it possible? These questions fascinate thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers.

This is Daniel C. Dennett's brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains and human culture. Part philosophical whodunnit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett's career at the forefront of philosophical thought. In his inimitable style, laced with wit and thought experiments, Dennett shows how culture enables reflection by installing a profusion of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains, and how language turbocharges this process. The result: a mind that can comprehend the questions it poses, has emerged from a process of cultural evolution.

An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and thinkers, From Bacteria to Bach and Back is essential for anyone who hopes to understand human creativity in all its applications.

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Daniel C. Dennett is the University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He is the author of numerous books including Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Breaking the Spell, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

Popular Science
By: Daniel C Dennett(Author)
478 pages, 2 plates with 4 colour photos and colour illustrations; 18 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Penguin Books
NHBS
One of America’s foremost philosophers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind
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"Intelligence, insight and flair [...] They don't come much bigger than Daniel Dennett"
– Julian Baggini, Guardian

"Lucid [...] A brave and bracing book [...] There should be more like it"
The Times

"Required reading for anyone remotely curious about how they came to be remotely curious"
Observer

"A lively and cogent account of how human beings, uniquely among species, have evolved to possess a conscious mind [...] An excellent exploration of the concept of cultural evolution, and the origins and consequences of human creativity"
Sunday Times

"Beguiling and enthralling"
Spectator

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