• In total there are 3 users online :: 0 registered, 0 hidden and 3 guests (based on users active over the past 60 minutes)
    Most users ever online was 906 on Thu Jul 07, 2022 7:52 pm

The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul by Eva Jablonka and Simona Ginsburg

Tell us about the books you're currently reading!
Forum rules
Do not promote books in this forum. Instead, promote your books in either Authors: Tell us about your FICTION book! or Authors: Tell us about your NON-FICTION book!.

All other Community Rules apply in this and all other forums.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 205
Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2003 5:29 pm
Has thanked: 5 times
Been thanked: 3 times
Great Britain

The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul by Eva Jablonka and Simona Ginsburg

This book discusses the evolutionary origins of consciousness. A subject I needed to understand because of a series of podcasts I'm working on.

It must be one of the most challenging books I've ever read, it seems to assume a considerable level of knowledge of psychology, of which I am somewhat lacking, and it is somewhat stylistically stolid. It suggests that consciousness emerged early in earth's evolutionary history, in the Cambrian period, more than five hundred million years ago. The authors have proposed a method of assessing whether animals have the capacity for what they call minimal animal consciousness by suggesting that for it to have consciousness it must display, a particular pattern of behaviour they call Unlimited Associative Learning which they think of as a transition marker of consciousness.

The book is divided into two parts, If you happen to be interested in the history of the study of consciousness, a plus is that the first part of the book provides this in great detail, and will give you a clear account of where the subject is now. The second part discusses various creatures to assess their level of consciousness. This is where I am now. Wish me luck.
Post Reply