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The Accidental Mind

How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674030589

Publication Date: 12/15/2008

Short

288 pages

7 x 8 inches

40 halftones, 7 line illustrations

Belknap Press

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  • Prologue: Brain Explained
  • 1. The Inelegant Design of the Brain
  • 2. Building a Brain with Yesterday’s Parts
  • 3. Some Assembly Required
  • 4. Sensation and Emotion
  • 5. Learning, Memory, and Human Individuality
  • 6. Love and Sex
  • 7. Sleeping and Dreaming
  • 8. The Religious Impulse
  • 9. The Unintelligent Design of the Brain
  • Epilogue: That Middle Thing
  • Further Reading and Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Finalist, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Science Category
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