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Many scientists have denied any evolutionary significance to human consciousness, dismissing it as illusory smoke dancing above the fire of real neurochemistry. But Donald sees in consciousness the very key to understanding how humankind developed. After assaulting (with great panache) the arguments commonly deployed to remove it from the research agenda, Donald presents a natural history for consciousness, focusing particularly on its astonishing and clearly unique complexity among human beings-- Why does the human brain so closely resemble those of other primates yet so dramatically outstrip them in capacity? How does the mind endow the ego center with autonomy and a narrative autobiography? In his sophisticated conception of a multilayered consciousness drawing much of its power from its cultural matrix, Donald bids fair to reset the terms for evolutionary psychology. Bryce Christensen
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Donald transcends the simplistic claims of Evolutionary Psychology,...offering a true Darwinian perspective on the evolution of consciousness. -- Philip Lieberman
The most significant contribution yet to the rapidly growing literature of minds, brains, and consciousness. -- Steven Rose
Donald's A MIND SO RARE was an enjoyable read. It is probably the only book that I enjoyed reading, while disagreeing with almost all the conclusions that the author has... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Michael M. Halassa
Donald (Queen's University, Canada) takes issue with those who have dismissed consciousness as a superficial evolutionary byproduct. Read morePublished on July 26 2002
I wish that I could jump on the bandwagon of approval that this book seems to be getting, but I am afraid that I can't. Read morePublished on March 19 2002 by John Anderson
What is human conscience? How did it develop? What is language? In what part of evolution did language first exist? Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2002 by Gunnar Odhner