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Evolutionary Biology Meets Consciousness (Preprint)

Browning, Heather and Veit, Walter (2021) Evolutionary Biology Meets Consciousness (Preprint). [Preprint]

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In this essay, we discuss Simona Ginsburg and Eva Jablonka’s The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul from an interdisciplinary perspective. Constituting perhaps the longest treatise on the evolution of consciousness, Ginsburg and Jablonka unite their expertise in neuroscience and biology to develop a beautifully Darwinian account of the dawning of subjective experience. Though it would be impossible to cover all its content in a short book review, here we provide a critical evaluation of their two key ideas - the role of Unlimited Associative Learning in the evolution of, and detection of, consciousness and a metaphysical claim about consciousness as a mode of being - in a manner that will hopefully overcome some of the initial resistance of potential readers to tackle a book of this length.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Browning, Heatherheather.browning@anu.edu.au0000-0003-1554-7052
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: consciousness, evolution, Eva Jablonka, Simona Ginsburg, animal sentience, animal consciousness, modes of being
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2021 21:08
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 21:08
Item ID: 18664
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Comparative Psychology and Ethology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18664

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