The Cerebral Symphony.. Seashore Reflections on the by William Calvin

By William Calvin

Set amidst the Woods gap examine colony on Cape Cod. Daniel C. Dennett stated, “Thinking besides Calvin is sheer pride. This publication has the main shiny and lucid reasons of mind functionality i've got see, and his discussions of evolution position him within the similar league with Stephen Gould and Richard Dawkins as stylish expositors within the lifestyles sciences.”

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The preface of a first book provides an opportunity to offer special thanks to one's teachers. In addition to those already mentioned, I owe a special debt to my father, Chandler B. Hatfield, for teaching me many things, large and small, and to Mira Merriman and Phillip Thomas, for teaching me to think historically while encouraging me to pursue work in both the humanities and natural science. Finally, I am grateful to Rose Ann Christian for her patience and for her critical green pen. Page 1 Chapter 1 Introduction Can there be an empirical science of the mind?

The long past consists of both a nonscientific prehistory of scientific psychology in philosophy, which stretches back to the Greeks, and a scientific prehistory in physiology. Within this prehistory, most histories of psychology allot the largest space to the writings of early modern philosophers. 9 Standard histories agree that what marks the beginnings of psychology as a science, distinguishing it from earlier philosophical treatments of mental phenomena, is that, whereas philosophers remained in their armchairs, psychologists ventured into the laboratory.

8 Such hopes may well reveal the continuing influence of the vision expressed by authors such as Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Helmholtz, each of whom posited a strong connection between theories of mind and the substantive doctrines of the sciences. Throughout the twentieth century their Page 4 works have served as benchmarks that orient discussion in epistemology and philosophy of mind. Because they enjoy a heroic status, their vision lends credence to grand claims for the intellectual benefits expected from the science of the mind.

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