In God's Image: The Natural History of Intelligence and by Gerhard Meisenberg

By Gerhard Meisenberg

We're seeing explosive advances within the technology of human evolution, to some degree the place our genome will be in comparison in molecular aspect with the genomes of different primates. whilst, the neurobiology of the better cognitive capabilities has reached some degree the place we will experiment the job of the dwelling mind to make strategies and emotions seen.

during this booklet, Gerhard Meisenberg explains the procedures during which the mind creates clever reasoning and judgments approximately right classes of motion. He illuminates the massive problems with human nature from the viewpoint of neurobiologist, evolutionary biologist, and molecular geneticist in flip. the implications are aggravating. the writer descries people as crudely programmed robots with really predictable habit, not able to go beyond the restrictions that tradition and genes impose on their considering.

the writer understands the way to flip info into wisdom and information into knowledge. The booklet unifies the organic and social sciences, and indicates how this strong new technology solutions the massive questions on human lifestyles: the character of reasoning and challenge fixing, the way in which moral judgments are made from a package deal of social instincts, the area, why international locations struggle wars, why Europe rose however the heart East declined during the last millennium, and masses, even more. This new technological know-how can expect the long run: Will our current civilization live on, or will it self-destruct? And in what course is our species evolving biologically?

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They would be missing the words, but they would still have non-verbal concepts of freedom and dignity. The closest real-world approximation to Orwell’s Newspeak is the fad that is known to Americans as political correctness. The idea is that by turning idiots into retardates, Negroes into African Americans and prostitutes into sex workers, we can change the way people think about idiots, Negroes and prostitutes. The semantic networks in our brains contain emotional nodes in addition to those for sensory and functional attributes.

18 The mind’s library In the beginning there was not the word, but the association. (Philip Johnson-Laird, The Computer and the Mind) Brain-damaged patients can show us how knowledge is organized in the brain. We saw in Chapter 1 that agnosic patients cannot access knowledge through a single sensory modality. The prosopagnosic who asks his wife to wear a ribbon in her hair so he can recognize her at a party can still recognize her by her voice. He still knows his wife. 27 In God’s Image? Only the link between the visual system and the knowledge is cut.

In analogical problem solving, we search our memory for a past experience that shares critical elements with the current problem. The two mental representations are held in mind concurrently, correspondences between their elements are identified, and the solution of the present problem is inferred from the remembered solution of the past problem. In a classical example, Mary Glick and Keith Holyoak at the University of Michigan presented their subjects with the following story: A small country fell under the iron rule of a dictator.

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