“Starred review. Deacon's dense and breathtaking study of the relationship between conscious experience and physical processes offers a new framework to examine how phenomena that are not physically extant...can and do impact physical processes and how physical processes transform into conscious experience. ...Highly recommended.” (Candice Kall, Columbia Univ. Libraries, New York - Library Journal)
“A stunningly original, stunningly synoptic book. With Autogenesis, Significance, Sentience, seventeen insightful and integrated chapters turn our world upside down and finally, as in the Chinese proverb, lead us home again to a place we see anew. Few ask the important questions. Deacon is one of these.” (Stuart Kauffman, author of Investigations)
“This is a work of science and philosophy at the cutting edge of both that seeks to develop a complete theory of the world that includes humans, our minds and culture, embodied and emerging in nature.” (Bruce H. Weber, coauthor of Darwinism Evolving)
“[Deacon] demonstrates how systems that are intrinsically incomplete happen to be alive and meaning-making. The crux of life—and meaning—is solved. It was worthwhile to wait for this book. The twenty-first century can now really start.” (Kalevi Kull, professor, Department of Semiotics, Tartu University)
“A profound shift in thinking that in magnitude can only be compared with those that followed upon the works of Darwin and Einstein.” (Robert E. Ulanowicz, author of A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin)
About the Author
Terrence W. Deacon is a professor of biological anthropology and neuroscience and the chair of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. The author of The Symbolic Species and Incomplete Nature, he lives near Berkeley, California.