Origins of Mind

  • Liz Swan
Part of the Biosemiotics book series (BSEM, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Biosemiotics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  3. BIOSEMIOTICS

  4. Mental Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
  5. MENTAL REPRESENTATION

  6. Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
  7. CONSCIOUSNESS

  8. Philosophy of Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
  9. PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

About this book

Introduction

The big question of how and why mindedness evolved necessitates collaborative, multidisciplinary investigation. Biosemiotics provides a new conceptual space that attracts a multitude of thinkers in the biological and cognitive sciences and the humanities who recognize continuity in the biosphere from the simplest to the most complex organisms, and who are united in the project of trying to account for even language and human consciousness in this comprehensive picture of life. What philosophers of mind and cognitive scientists can contribute to the growing interdiscipline are insights into how the biosemiotic weltanschauung applies to complex organisms like humans where such signs and sign processes constitute human society and culture.

The purpose of this volume is to gather together a sampling of contemporary thinking on when, why, and how mindedness evolved in the natural world from researchers working in the biological, cognitive, and medical sciences. The question of the origin of mind is no longer the exclusive domain of philosophers; it has, in recent decades, become a respectable question for research scientists to work on as well.

The volume’s contents are pluralistic. One element that most of the chapters in the volume have in common is in their adherence to the principle that the phenomenon of mindedness, including the peculiarities of human mindedness, is a biological phenomenon. Fully represented in this volume are thoughts, ideas, and theories that contribute to our naturalistic understanding of mindedness that address its biological origins and evolutionary development. The volume is divided into five sections devoted to the sub-topics of: biosemiotics theories of mindedness, the evolution of mental representation in humans, the evolution of various aspects of consciousness, problems in philosophy of mind, and simulation approaches to understanding human intelligence.

Keywords

Evolution Human Mind Origins Philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Liz Swan
    • 1
  1. 1.LongmontUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5419-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5418-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5419-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-4651
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-466X
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