The Natural Selection of Minds

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(4), 263-264. The reviewer states that this book (see record 1996-98069-000) appears in a series of short, easy-to-read presentations aimed at a broad audience. The author begins his analysis according to this formula, speaking of cellular structures in the body (neurons, bodily fluids, etc.) as “dumb” yet “mindlike” tiny agents. The author sees the three major functions of mind as anticipation, control of the body, and information processing. However, such activities can be multiply realized, so it is wrong to consider the brain as the only kind of mind. In conclusion the reviewer states that the author's work, as he is today a highly influential spokesperson for the information- processing community. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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