The Descent of Madness : Evolutionary Origins of Psychosis and the Social Brain, Paperback / softback Book

The Descent of Madness : Evolutionary Origins of Psychosis and the Social Brain Paperback / softback

Description

Drawing on evidence from across the behavioural and natural sciences, this book advances a radical new hypothesis: that madness exists as a costly consequence of the evolution of a sophisticated social brain in Homo sapiens. Having explained the rationale for an evolutionary approach to psychosis, the author makes a case for psychotic illness in our living ape relatives, as well as in human ancestors.

He then reviews existing evolutionary theories of psychosis, before introducing his own thesis: that the same genes causing madness are responsible for the evolution of our highly social brain.

Jonathan Burns' novel Darwinian analysis of the importance of psychosis for human survival provides some meaning for this form of suffering.

It also spurs us to a renewed commitment to changing our societies in a way that allows the mentally ill the opportunity of living.

The Descent of Madness will be of interest to those in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, sociology and anthropology, and is also accessible to the general reader.

Information

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 10 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Tables, black and white; 2 Illustrations, black and
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Psychotherapy
  • ISBN: 9781583917435

£29.99

£26.65

 
Free Home Delivery

on all orders

 
Pick up orders

from local bookshops