Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter (Paperback)

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Deacon’s aim in Incomplete Nature is to characterize things that are absent (e.g., function, reference, purpose, value) using information theory, thermodynamics and chaos theory.  He mobilizes arguments based on evolution and emergence and coins some neologisms to allow him to push those concepts forward.  Along the way he attacks reductive materialist accounts of consciousness and puts forth his own theories of how the first forms of life may have started.  Heavy on philosophy and dense with physics, it is worth the effort!

— Andy


As scientists study the minutiae of subatomic particles, neural connections, and molecular compounds, their attempts at a theory of everything harbor a glaring omission: they still cannot explain us, the thoughts and perceptions that truly make us what we are. A masterwork that brings together science and philosophy, Incomplete Nature offers a revolutionary, captivating account of how life and consciousness emerged, revealing how our desires, feelings, and intentions can be understood in terms of the physical world.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393343908
ISBN-10: 0393343901
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2013
Pages: 604
Language: English