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Incomplete nature : how mind emerged from matter, Terrence W. Deacon

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Incomplete nature : how mind emerged from matter
Title
Incomplete nature
Title remainder
how mind emerged from matter
Statement of responsibility
Terrence W. Deacon
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As physicists work toward completing a theory of the universe and biologists unravel the molecular complexity of life, a glaring incompleteness in this scientific vision becomes apparent. The "Theory of Everything" that appears to be emerging includes everything but us: the feelings, meanings, consciousness, and purposes that make us (and many of our animal cousins) what we are. These most immediate and incontrovertible phenomena are left unexplained by the natural sciences because they lack the physical properties such as mass, momentum, charge, and location that are assumed to be necessary for something to have physical consequences in the world. This is an unacceptable omission. We need a "theory of everything" that does not leave it absurd that we exist.Incomplete Nature begins by accepting what other theories try to deny: that, although mental contents do indeed lack these material-energetic properties, they are still entirely products of physical processes and have an unprecedented kind of causal power that is unlike anything that physics and chemistry alone have so far explained. Paradoxically, it is the intrinsic incompleteness of these semiotic and teleological phenomena that is the source of their unique form of physical influence in the world. Incomplete Nature meticulously traces the emergence of this special causal capacity from simple thermodynamics to self-organizing dynamics to living and mental dynamics, and it demonstrates how specific absences (or constraints) play the critical causal role in the organization of physical processes that generate these properties.The book's radically challenging conclusion is that we are made of these specific absenses such stuff as dreams are made on and that what is not immediately present can be as physically potent as that which is. It offers a figure/background shift that shows how even meanings and values can be understood as legitimate components of the physical world. --
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Deacon, Terrence William
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Consciousness
  • Life
  • Phenomenology
  • Brain
Label
Incomplete nature : how mind emerged from matter, Terrence W. Deacon
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Absence -- (W)holes -- Homunculi -- Golems -- Teleonomy -- Emergence -- Constraint -- Homeodynamics -- Morphodynamics -- Teleodynamics -- Autogenesis -- Work -- Information -- Significance -- Evolution -- Self -- Sentience -- Consciousness -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn601107605
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st edition.
Extent
xv, 602 pages
Isbn
9780393049916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)601107605
Label
Incomplete nature : how mind emerged from matter, Terrence W. Deacon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Absence -- (W)holes -- Homunculi -- Golems -- Teleonomy -- Emergence -- Constraint -- Homeodynamics -- Morphodynamics -- Teleodynamics -- Autogenesis -- Work -- Information -- Significance -- Evolution -- Self -- Sentience -- Consciousness -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn601107605
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st edition.
Extent
xv, 602 pages
Isbn
9780393049916
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)601107605

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