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“Contains many rewarding thoughts about life and mind and their place in nature.” — Nature
“Unprecedentedly comprehensive. . . . Imagine the consequences for science and society of having a physical explanation for functional, meaningful and conscious behavior no less scientific and accessible than our explanation for lightning. I believe Deacon provides just that.” — Psychology Today
“In his approach to the question of how sentience emerged from ‘dumb’ and ‘numb’ matter, Mr. Deacon mobilizes some radically new ideas.” — Wall Street Journal
“A profound shift in thinking that in magnitude can only be compared with those that followed upon the works of Darwin and Einstein.” — Robert E. Ulanowicz, author of A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin
“This is a work of science and philosophy at the cutting edge of both that seeks to develop a complete theory of the world that includes humans, our minds and culture, embodied and emerging in nature.” — Bruce H. Weber, coauthor of Darwinism Evolving
“A stunningly original, stunningly synoptic book. With Autogenesis, Significance, Sentience, seventeen insightful and integrated chapters turn our world upside down and finally, as in the Chinese proverb, lead us home again to a place we see anew. Few ask the important questions. Deacon is one of these.” — Stuart Kauffman, author of Investigations
“[Deacon] demonstrates how systems that are intrinsically incomplete happen to be alive and meaning-making. The crux of life—and meaning—is solved. It was worthwhile to wait for this book. The twenty-first century can now really start.” — Kalevi Kull, professor, Department of Semiotics, Tartu University
Terrence W. Deacon is a professor of biological anthropology and neuroscience and the chair of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. The author of The Symbolic Species and Incomplete Nature, he lives near Berkeley, California.