The Brain, Hardback book

The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, And Beliefs[Hardback]

by Ian Tattersall and Rob Desalle

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Format:
Hardback 
Pages:
320 
Publisher:
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS 
Publication Date:
04 May 2012 
Category:
Life Sciences: General Issues 
ISBN:
9780300175226 

Description

After several million years of jostling for ecological space, only one survivor from a host of hominid species remains standing: us. Human beings are extraordinary creatures, and it is the unprecedented human brain that makes them so. In this delightfully accessible book, the authors present the first full, step-by-step account of the evolution of the brain and nervous system. Tapping the very latest findings in evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and molecular biology, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall explain how the cognitive gulf that separates us from all other living creatures could have occurred. They discuss the development and uniqueness of human consciousness, how human and nonhuman brains work, the roles of different nerve cells, the importance of memory and language in brain functions, and much more. Our brains, they conclude, are the product of a lengthy and supremely untidy history-an evolutionary process of many zigs and zags-that has accidentally resulted in a splendidly eccentric and creative product.

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