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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (May 16, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415032245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415032247
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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He can be well satisfied with the result; it is a clear account of his beliefs, which are different from those of most of his fellow physiologists . . . well-illustrated and readable . . . these are serious and difficult problems of science and philosophy. We can be grateful to Eccles for his lifelong insistence that we should not neglect them, and for presenting them in such a stimulating book.
Nature

. . . Eccles goes beyond the usual discourses about evolution to probe at the heart of human consciousness: the development of the human brain and mind.
The Midwest Book Review

. . . well worth reading, and in many ways highly instructive for evolutionists and other biologists, particularly those who are not familiar with the complex problems treated in it.
The Quarterly Review of Biology

Eccles' discussions of neurophysiological mechanisms are wonderfully clear, and some of his hypotheses concerning the elaboration of sensory and motor systems of the human brain are novel and insightful. His discussions smoothly integrate the results of relevant brain research, comparative behavioral observations and evidence of quantitative change of brain structure in an attempt to describe how these systems may have changed in the course of primate and hominid evolution.
American Scientist, May-June 1991

. . . one is taken on a fascinating interpretation of the evolution of the mammalian brain, replete with breakthroughs, controversies, speculations, and the author's own passionate faith in evolution as the instrument of a transendent purpose.
Psychology & Religion

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Sir John Eccles has written many books on the development of the human brain.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on October 26, 2012
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Evolution of the Brain: Creation of the self, by John C. Eccles, Routledge, 1989, 300 ff.

As the title of this book indicates, this is a story of human evolution, especially of mind, presented in highly readable and story-book fashion. Various aspects of evolution are knitted together here in a more cohesive way than I have met before. The author was an Australian-born neurophysiologist who won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research into the synapse. The synapse - the gap between communicating neurons in the central nervous system - was defined by Eccles and his mentor at Oxford, Charles Sherrington. He studied at Oxford University, worked in Australia, New Zealand and America and died in 1997.

This book by a devoted theist and sometime Catholic is an endorsement of the Darwinian theory of evolution, which might give some creationists pause for thought. The first two chapters give us a general overview of evolution and how it works through DNA replication. There is some biochemistry and much anthropology woven in here. Chapter three begins with the anthropology of the brain, a theme that is continued over the next few chapters and includes a discussion of the development of language, learning, memory and artistic creativity.

With Chapter eight we reach the main focus of the book - the mind-brain problem in evolution, a subject that occupied the mature Eccles' research efforts and to which he contributed much. First, as a theist, he was prepared to acknowledge the existence of an entity called soul. Using the `brain as computer' analogy he says: `the Soul or Self is the programmer of the computer', a computer whose software and hardware we develop throughout life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J Grenier on April 8, 2004
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Sir John Eccles has written a gem. The book is mostly devoted to the evolution of the Hominid Brain and Skull. There is a good discussion and overview of CNS neurophysiology. This book is the main book to start with on the subject of Brain Evolution. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution goes into more detail on the Primate Brain. The Encyclopedia should be used as a reference book alongside Eccles book. Eccles understanding of the nervous system was better than most other scientists at the time this book was written. Falk wrote a book worth looking at. Primate Brain Evolution is out of print, but can also complement the approaches in the other texts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H. Lamarche on June 3, 2013
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See my review of Tools, Language and Cognition. Eccles' neurophysiological background certainly lays a firm basis for development of human language particularly, as discussed in the Gibson & Ingold volume.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Gyabronka on August 18, 2014
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Eccles is simply the BEST!!!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda Olivas De Novo on August 15, 2008
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If you are a professional within neuroscience field, and want to call yourself that, just read it, is going to give you some basis that we all need on this field.
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