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How Brains Think

William H. Calvin

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Science Masters, Prose: non-fiction, Cognition & cognitive psychology

A new theory of Intelligence, from a renowned and highly respected writer on brains and evolution

What constitutes consciousness or intelligence This is a question that has proved to philosophers to be an intellectual dead-end. Now William Calvin, by looking closely at animal and human intelligence and a wide range of evolutionary evidence, has broken new ground that will help us understand mental illness and illuminate the whole notion of what it is to be a person.

Calvin begins by asking what intelligence is. He moves to the Why of intelligence, where evidence from chimpanzees is important, before coming to the all-important How of intelligence, the cerebral codes and Darwinian processes that operate within seconds to produce intelligent thought and action.

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