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The Long Evolution of Brains and Minds


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Introduction: Are mind and brain a unity? 1. Mind and Intelligence
1.1 Types of learning
1.2 Types of memory
1.3 Intelligence and behavioral flexibility
1.4 Consciousness
1.5 Mind-brain theories
1.6 What does all that tell us? 2. What is evolution?
2.1 Historical concepts of evolution
2.2 Neodarwinism and its problems
2.3 Concepts of evolution beyond natural selection
2.4 The reconstruction of phylogeny and evolution
2.5 What does all that tell us?3. The mind begins with life
3.1 What is life?
3.2 Order, self-production and self-maintenance
3.3 Life, energy acquisition and metabolism
3.4 The origin of first life
3.5 The further development of simple life
3.6 What does all that tell us?4. The language of neurons
4.1 The structure of a nerve cell
4.2 Principles of membrane excitability
4.3 Ion channels and neural transmission
4.3.1 The function of ion channels
4.3.2 The origin of the action potential
4.3.3 Neurotransmitters and other neuroactive substances
4.4 Principles of neuronal information processing
4.5 What does all that tell us?5. Bacteria, archaea, protozoa: successful life without a nervous system
5.1 Bacteria and Archaea
5.2 Protozoa
5.3 Why did multicellular organisms evolve?
5.4 What does all that tell us?6. The "invertebrates" and their nervous systems
6.1 Non-bilaterians
6.1.1 Sponges
6.1.2 "Coelenterates"
6.2 Bilaterians
6.2.1 Acoelomorpha
6.2.2 Protostomia Lophotrochozoa Ecdysozoa
6.3 What does all that tell us?7. Invertebrate cognition and intelligence
7.1 Learning, cognitive abilities and intelligence in insects
7.2 Learning, cognitive abilities and intelligence in cephalopods
7.3 What does all that tell us?8. The Deuterostomia
8.1 The origin of deuterostomes and their nervous systems
8.2 Echinoderms
8.3 Hemichordates
8.4 Chordates - Craniates - Vertebrates
8.4.1 Myxinoids
8.4.2 Vertebrates Petromyzontids Chondrichthyans Osteichthyans Amphibians "Reptiles" Birds Mammals
8.5 What does all that tell us?9. The brains of vertebrates
9.1 The basic organization of the vertebrate brain
9.2 Medulla spinalis and oblongata
9.3 Cerebellum
9.4 Mesencephalon
9.5 Diencephalon
9.6 Telencephalon
9.6.1 Functional anatomy of the isocortex9.6.2 Are the mammalian cortex and the mesonidopallium of birds homologous?
9.7 What does all that tell us?10. Sensory systems - the coupling between brain and environment.
10.1 The general function of sense organs
10.2 Olfaction
10.3 The mechanical senses and electroreception
10.3.1 The sense of touch, vibration and medium currents
10.3.2 The mechanoreceptive and electroreceptive lateral line system of fish and amphibians Mechanoreceptive lateral line system The electroreceptive system.
10.3.3 The auditory system
10.4 The visual system
10.4.1 The compound eye of insects
10.4.2 The vertebrate eye and retina
10.4.3 Parallel processing in the visual system of vertebrates
10.5 What does all that tell us?11. How intelligent are vertebrates?
11.1 Cognition in teleost fishes
11.2 Learning and cognitive abilities in amphibians
11.3 Cognitive abilities and intelligence in mammals and birds
11.3.1 Tool use and tool fabrication
11.3.2 Quantity representation
11.3.3 Object permanence
11.3.4 Reasoning and working memory
11.3.5 Social intelligence "Machiavellian" intelligence Gaze following Imitation 12. Do animals have consciousness?
12.1 Mirror self-recognition
12.2 Metacognition
12.3 Theory of mind: understanding the others
12.4 Conscious attention
12.5 How intelligent are dolphins and elephants?
12.6 What does all that tell us? 13. Comparing vertebrate brains
13.1 Brain size and body size.
13.2 The significance of relative brain size and of "encephalization"
13.3 The fate of the cortex as the "seat" of intelligence and mind
13.3.1 Information processing properties of the cortex
13.3.2 Modularity of the cortex
13.3.3 Specialties of the cytoarchitecture of the mammalian cortex
13.4 Bird brains and mesonidopallium.
13.5 What does all that tell us?14. Are humans unique?
14.1 How did Homo sapiens evolve?
14.2 Leaving the jungle and its consequences
14.3 Enlargement of the brain and its consequences
14.4 Language and the brain
14.4.1 Animal language
14.4.2 The evolution of human language
14.4.3 The tempo of the evolution of human language.
14. 5 Do humans exhibit a special social behavior?
14.6 What does all that tell us?15. Determinants of the evolution of brains and minds
15.1 Patterns of the evolution of nervous systems and brains
15.2 The evolution of cognitive-mental functions
15.3 How do differences in intelligence relate to differences in brain structures and functions?
15.4 Which are the ultimate factors for evolution of brains and minds?
15.4.1 Ecological intelligence
15.4.2 Social intelligence
15.4.3 General intelligence
15.5 Basic mechanisms of evolution of brains and cognitive functions
15.6 What does all that tell us?16. Brains and minds
16.1 The problems of dualism
16.2 Problems of strong emergentism
16.3 Problems of reductionism
16.4 The anatomy and physiology of mind
16.5 Brains and minds in birds, Octopus and the honeybee
16.6 Is mind multiply realized and artificially realizable?
16.7 What is the true nature of mind? Literature


From the reviews:

"The author examines in detail the structural/functional differences in the ring nervous systems of Cnidaria, diffuse nerve nets of bilateria, and the complex invertebrate brain of cephalopods (especially octopus), among others. ... This book is highly recommended for anyone with research agendas in comparative neuroscience, evolutionary neuroscience, cognitive science in general, and philosophy of mind." (Paul Tibbetts, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 88, December, 2013)

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