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Some of the most time-honored questions in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience center on the uniqueness of the human mind. How do we think? What makes us so different from all the other animals on planet Earth? What was the process that created the human mind? Is this process unique or can it be repeated on other planets? The book "On the Origin of the Human Mind" attempts to provide an answer to these questions. It is organized into three chapters: Chapter I "Uniqueness of the Human Mind" introduces the reader to recent research into animal behavior, communication, culture and learning, as well as controlled animal intelligence experiments and offers a new hypothesis of what makes the human mind unique. Chapter II "Evolution of the Human Mind" combines latest genetics research and archeological discoveries to help readers understand hominid evolution. The author discusses the forces that influenced the development of the hominid intelligence and offers a step-by-step theory that links improvement in visual information processing to speech development and to the types of stone tools manufactured by the hominids.Chapter III "The Neurological Basis of Conscious Experience" takes the reader on an exciting journey into the neurobiology of the human mind. The author introduces the reader to the structure and function of the brain and then presents recent insights into brain organization derived from cognitive psychology, brain imaging, animal experiments, and the studies of patients with diseases of the brain. The book concludes with a unifying theory of the mind and a discussion of the evolution of the human brain and the uniqueness of the human mind from the neurological perspective. Audience:The book speaks best to readers who want to approach the mind from a scientific perspective. The book is written in easy-to-read engaging style. No previous knowledge in psychology, paleoanthropology, or neuroscience is necessary.

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