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  1. added 2018-09-20
    Other Minds. [REVIEW]John Huss - 2018 - Quarterly Review of Biology 93 (2):159.
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    Aap zoekt zin. Waarom wij bewustzijn, vrije wil, cultuur e religie hebben. ISVW, 2014.Pouwel Slurink - 2014 - Leusden, the Netherlands: ISVW.
  3. added 2018-02-21
    The Evolutionary Argument for Phenomenal Powers.Hedda Hassel Mørch - 2018 - Philosophical Perspectives:293-316.
    Epiphenomenalism is the view that phenomenal properties – which characterize what it is like, or how it feels, for a subject to be in conscious states – have no physical effects. One of the earliest arguments against epiphenomenalism is the evolutionary argument (James 1890/1981; Eccles and Popper 1977; Popper 1978), which starts from the following problem: why is pain correlated with stimuli detrimental to survival and reproduction – such as suffocation, hunger and burning? And why is pleasure correlated with stimuli (...)
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  4. added 2018-02-17
    The Natural Problem of Consciousness.Pietro Snider - 2017 - Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter.
    The “Natural Problem of Consciousness” is the problem of understanding why there are presently conscious beings at all. Given a non-reductive naturalist framework taking consciousness as an ontologically subjective biological phenomenon, how can we rationally explain the fact that the actual world has turned out to be one where there are presently living beings that can feel, rather than having developed as a zombie-world in which there would be no conscious experiences of any kind? -/- This book introduces the Natural (...)
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    The Co-Evolution of Matter and Consciousness.Max Velmans - 2007 - Synthesis Philosophica 22 (2):273-282.
    Theories about the evolution of consciousness relate in an intimate way to theories about the distribution of consciousness, which range from the view that only human beings are conscious to the view that all matter is in some sense conscious. Broadly speaking, such theories can be classified into discontinuity theories and continuity theories. Discontinuity theories propose that consciousness emerged only when material forms reached a given stage of evolution, but propose different criteria for the stage at which this occurred. Continuity (...)
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  6. added 2018-02-16
    Evolution and the Human Mind: Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognition.Peter Carruthers & Andrew Chamberlain (eds.) - 2000 - Cambridge University Press.
    How did our minds evolve? Can evolutionary considerations illuminate the question of the basic architecture of the human mind? These are two of the main questions addressed in Evolution and the Human Mind by a distinguished interdisciplinary team of philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and archaeologists. The essays focus especially on issues to do with modularity of mind, the evolution and significance of natural language, and the evolution of our capacity for meta-cognition, together with its implications for consciousness. The editors have provided (...)
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  7. added 2017-12-12
    Evolutionary Scenario Linking the Nature of Self-Consciousness to Anxiety Management (Dec 2017).Christophe Menant - manuscript
    Anxiety is a main contributor to human psychological sufferings. Its evolutionary sources are generally related to alert signals for coping with adverse or unexpected situations [Steiner, 2002] or to hunter-gatherer emotions mismatched with today environments [Horwitz & Wakefield, 2012]. We propose here another evolutionary perspective that links human anxiety to an evolutionary nature of self-consciousness. That approach introduces new relations between mental health and human mind. The proposed evolutionary scenario starts with the performance of primate identification with conspecifics [de Waal (...)
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    Objective Colours and Evolutionary Value: A Reply to Dedrick.Miri Albahari - 1999 - Dialogue 38 (1):99-108.
  9. added 2017-08-07
    Mental Evolution: A Review of Daniel Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back. [REVIEW]Charles Rathkopf - 2017 - Biology and Philosophy 32 (6):1355-1368.
    From Bacteria To Bach and Back is an ambitious book that attempts to integrate a theory about the evolution of the human mind with another theory about the evolution of human culture. It is advertised as a defense of memes, but conceptualizes memes more liberally than has been done before. It is also advertised as a defense of the proposal that natural selection operates on culture, but conceptualizes natural selection as a process in which nearly all interesting parameters are free (...)
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    A Flaw in the Stich–Plantinga Challenge to Evolutionary Reliabilism.Michael J. Deem - 2018 - Analysis 78 (2):216-225.
    Evolutionary reliabilism is the view that natural selection likely favoured reliable cognitive faculties in humans. While ER enjoys some plausibility, Stephen Stich and Alvin Plantinga have presented well-known challenges to the view. Their arguments rely on a common premiss; namely, that natural selection is indifferent to truth. This article shows that this premiss is both imprecise and too weak to support their conclusions and, therefore, that their challenges to ER fail.
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    Information, Constraint and Meaning. From the Pre-Biotic World to a Possible Post Human One. An Evolutionary Approach (2017).Christophe Menant - 2017 - Dissertation, Chalmers University. Gotheborg, Sweden. IS4SI. Symposium on Theoretical Information Studies.
    The presentation proposes to complement an existing development on meaning generation for animals, humans and artificial agents by looking at what could have existed at pre-biotic times and what could be a post-human meaning generation. The core of the approach is based on an existing model for meaning generation: the Meaning Generator System (MGS). The MGS is part of an agent submitted to an internal constraint. The MGS generates a meaning when it receives an information that has a connection with (...)
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  12. added 2017-03-13
    An Interdisciplinary Approach to Brain Evolution: A Long Due Debate.Francisco Aboitiz, Daniver Morales & Juan Montiel - 2003 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (5):572-576.
    A dorsalization mechanism is a good candidate for the evolutionary origin of the isocortex, producing a radial and tangential expansion of the dorsal pallium (and perhaps other structures that acquired a cortical phenotype). Evidence suggests that a large part of the dorsal ventricular ridge (DVR) of reptiles and birds derives from the embryonic ventral pallium, whereas the isocortex possibly derives mostly from the dorsal pallium. In early mammals, the development of olfactory-hippocampal associative networks may have been pivotal in facilitating the (...)
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    The Evolutionary Origin of the Mammalian Isocortex: Towards an Integrated Developmental and Functional Approach.Francisco Aboitiz, Daniver Morales & Juan Montiel - 2003 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (5):535-552.
    The isocortex is a distinctive feature of mammalian brains, which has no clear counterpart in the cerebral hemispheres of other amniotes. This paper speculates on the evolutionary processes giving rise to the isocortex. As a first step, we intend to identify what structure may be ancestral to the isocortex in the reptilian brain. Then, it is necessary to account for the transformations (developmental, connectional, and functional) of this ancestral structure, which resulted in the origin of the isocortex. One long-held perspective (...)
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    Creativity as a Biological Evolution Enhancer and its Relationship to Language and Consciousness.Sara Lumbreras Sancho - 2011 - Pensamiento 67 (254):851-857.
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    Sickness and Healing and the Evolutionary Foundations of Mind and Minding.Fabrega Horacio Jr - 2011 - Mens Sana Monographs 9 (1):159.
    Disease represents a principal tentacle of natural selection and a staple theme of evolutionary medicine. However, it is through a small portal of entry and a very long lineage that disease as sickness entered behavioural spaces and human consciousness. This has a long evolutionary history. Anyone interested in the origins of medicine and psychiatry as social institution has to start with analysis of how mind and body were conceptualised and played out behaviourally following the pongid/hominin split and thereafter. The early (...)
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    A/T Evolution and Function of Consciousness—Va Introduction.Stuart R. Hameroff - 1999 - In S. Hameroff, A. Kaszniak & David Chalmers (eds.), Toward a Science of Consciousness Iii: The Third Tucson Discussions and Debates. MIT Press. pp. 3--245.
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    Biological Foundations of Human Evolution and Consciousness.B. R. Seshachar - 1983 - In Kishor Gandhi (ed.), The Evolution of Consciousness. Paragon House. pp. 26--36.
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    Is Current Human Consciousness an End Point in the Evolution of Mind?Mark Pharoah - manuscript
    If the human mind is a product of evolution, is it not prudent to consider how and in what way it might evolve in the future? Given the order of magnitude that appears to distinguish the minds of mankind from those of its closest animal relative, how significant might a new level of mind evolution be and what would be its unique distinguishing features? In this paper, I present a reductive explanation of phenomenal experience and demonstrate its compliance with exhaustive (...)
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    The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain.S. Davies - 2007 - British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (1):97-99.
  20. added 2017-02-07
    Planetary Consciousness: From Vision to Practice.Aleandr Tommasi - 1999 - World Futures 54 (4):287-296.
    (1999). Planetary consciousness: From vision to practice. World Futures: Vol. 54, Challenges of Evolution at Pat I: The Human Factor in Evolution, pp. 287-296.
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    Consciousness Evolution and Planetary Survival: Psychological Roots of Human Violence and Greed.Stanislav Grof - 1996 - World Futures 47 (4):243-262.
  22. added 2017-02-03
    Metamemory as Evidence of Animal Consciousness: The Type That Does the Trick.Nicholas Shea & Cecilia Heyes - 2010 - Biology and Philosophy 25 (1):95-110.
    The question of whether non-human animals are conscious is of fundamental importance. There are already good reasons to think that many are, based on evolutionary continuity and other considerations. However, the hypothesis is notoriously resistant to direct empirical test. Numerous studies have shown behaviour in animals analogous to consciously-produced human behaviour. Fewer probe whether the same mechanisms are in use. One promising line of evidence about consciousness in other animals derives from experiments on metamemory. A study by Hampton (Proc Natl (...)
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  23. added 2017-02-01
    Review of “the Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness” by Antonio Damasio and of “the Evolution of the Emotion-Processing Mind: With an Introduction to Mental Darwinism” by Robert Langs. [REVIEW]P. Zachar - 2000 - Consciousness and Emotion 1 (1):181-187.
  24. added 2017-01-29
    The Evolving Mind Buddhism, Biology, and Consciousness.Robin Cooper - 1996
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    Books Etcetera-the Evolution of Consciousness.Johan J. Bolhuis - 1999 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 3 (11):443.
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    Speculations on the City and the Evolution of Consciousness.William Irwin Thompson - 2000 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (7):35-42.
    [opening paragraph]: The city is not simply a location in space, but also a vehicle in time that can itself accelerate the evolution of consciousness. Like molecules packed into the membrane of a cell, the minds that are packed into a city take on a new life that is energized by the city's intensification of space and time. The first cities of ancient Sumer were ceremonial centres organized around the sacred precinct of the temple. Sumerian mythology stated that these cities (...)
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  27. added 2017-01-25
    The Evolution of Consciousness, by Euan M. Macphail.Johan J. Bolhuis - 1999 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 3 (11):446-447.
  28. added 2017-01-24
    The Evolutionary Rationale for Consciousness.Bjørn Grinde - 2013 - Biological Theory 7 (3):227-236.
    To answer the question of why we have consciousness, I propose the following evolutionary trajectory leading to this feature: Nervous systems appeared for the purpose of orchestrating behavior. As a rule of thumb the challenges facing an animal concern either approach or avoidance. These two options were originally hard-wired as reflexes. Improvements in adaptability of response came with an expansion of the computational aspect of the system and a concomitant shift from simple reflexes to instinctual behavior, learning, and eventually, feelings. (...)
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    The Evolution Of Consciousness: An Essay Review of Up From Eden (Wilber 1981).Michael Winkelman - 1990 - Anthropology of Consciousness 1 (3-4):24-31.
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    Quantum Consciousness: Reconciling Science and Spirituality Toward Our Evolutionary Future(S).Kingsley L. Dennis - 2010 - World Futures 66 (7):511-524.
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    Evolutionary Radiation and the Spectrum of Consciousness.Robert G. Wallace & Rodrick Wallace - 2009 - Consciousness and Cognition 18 (1):160-167.
    Evolution is littered with polyphyletic parallelism: many roads lead to functional Romes. We propose consciousness embodies one such example, and represent it here with an equivalence class structure that factors the broad realm of necessary conditions information theoretic realizations of Baars’ global workspace model. The construction suggests many different physiological systems can support rapidly shifting, highly tunable, and even simultaneous temporary assemblages of interacting unconscious cognitive modules. The discovery implies various animal taxa exhibiting behaviors we broadly recognize as conscious are, (...)
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    The Role of Beliefs and Values in the Evolution of Planetary Consciousness.Mark Germine - 2001 - World Futures 57 (3):263-277.
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    Evolution, Consciousness, and the Internality of Mind.Jim Hopkins - 2000 - In P. Carruthers & A. Chamberlen (eds.), Evolution and the Human Mind: Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognition. Cambridge University Press. pp. 276.
    Understanding the notion of innerness that we ascribe to mental items is central to understanding the problem of consciousness, and we can do so in evolutionary and physical terms.
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    Towards a New Ecological and Social Sustainability: The Evolution of Planetary Consciousness in the Light of Brain Coherence Research.Nitamo Federico Montecucco - 2000 - World Futures 55 (2):129-136.
    (2000). Towards a new Ecological and social sustainability: The evolution of planetary consciousness in the light of brain coherence research. World Futures: Vol. 55, Challenges of Evolution at the Turn of the Millennium: Part III: The Chllenges of Globalization and Sustainability, pp. 129-136.
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    Consciousness, Evolution, and Spiritual Growth: A Critique and Model.Allan Combs & Stanley Krippner - 1999 - World Futures 53 (3):193-212.
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    The Living State, Evolution and Consciousness.Jerzy Wojciechowski - 1998 - World Futures 52 (3):313-331.
    The purpose of the paper is to discuss the phenomenon of life through the aspect of consciousness and in particular to analyze the role which consciousness plays in the living state (the L?state for short) as well as the consequences of the development of consciousness for the evolution of living beings. Consciousness is an epiphenomenon of knowledge. The discussion of the role of consciousness in life will have to involve an elucidation of the role of knowledge. This will be done (...)
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    A “User“-Designed Mediation Approach, Fostering Evolutionary Consciousness and Competence.Raymond Pastorino - 1993 - World Futures 36 (2):155-164.
    (1993). A “user“‐designed mediation approach, fostering evolutionary consciousness and competence. World Futures: Vol. 36, Evolutionary Consciousness, pp. 155-164.
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    From Evolutionary Consciousness to Guided Evolution.Bela Banathy - 1993 - World Futures 36 (2):73-79.
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    Evolution, Consciousness, and All That: A Reply to Baars and to Parker.A. Reber - 1992 - Consciousness and Cognition 1 (2):143-147.
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    Nested Realities and Human Consciousness: The Paradoxical Expression of Evolutionary Process.Paul Wohlmuth - 1988 - World Futures 25 (3):199-235.
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    Evolutionary Rationality of Consciousness.Alex Fraser - 1973 - World Futures 14 (1):1-12.
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    "Modernity" and the Evolution of Literary Consciousness.A. Marino - 1972 - Diogenes 20 (77):110-137.
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    The Decline of the Ancient World: The Economic Evolution of the Hellenistic States.J. Domarchi - 1954 - Diogenes 2 (8):69-85.
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    The Origin of Human Nature: A Zen Buddhist Looks at Evolution.Albert Low - 2008 - Sussex Academic Press.
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    Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: How the Integral Worldview is Transforming Politics, Culture, and Spirituality.Steve McIntosh - 2007 - Paragon House.
    The integral consciousness -- The internal universe -- The evolution of consciousness -- The within of things -- The systemic nature of evolution -- Stages of consciousness and culture -- The spiral of development -- Tribal consciousness -- Warrior consciousness -- Traditional consciousness -- Modernist consciousness -- Postmodern consciousness -- The spiral as a whole -- What is the real evidence for the spiral? -- The integral stage of consciousness -- Life conditions for integral consciousness -- The values of integral (...)
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    The Creating Consciousness: Science as the Language of God.Arne A. Wyller - 1999 - Divina.
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    Evolving Consciousness.Gregory R. Mulhauser (ed.) - 1998 - John Benjamins.
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    Hegel's Phenomenology, Part Ii: The Evolution of Ethical and Religious Consciousness to the Absolute Standpoint.Howard P. Kainz - 1983 - Ohio University Press.
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    The Evolution of Integral Consciousness.Haridas Chaudhuri - 1977 - Theosophical Pub. House.
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    Hills' Theory of Consciousness: An Interpretation of Nuclear Evolution.Robert E. Massy - 1976 - University of the Trees Press.
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