- Hardcover: 459 pages
- Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (January 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591471818
- ISBN-13: 978-1591471813
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Origin of Mind: Evolution of Brain, Cognition, and General Intelligence 1st Edition
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In this book Dr. Geary brings together research from neuroscience, behavior genetics, and cognitive science along with the behavioral sciences such as primatology, anthropology, and sociology to present an integrated view of the brain as we know it today.
The chapter "General Intelligence in Modern Society" is brilliant in it's explanation of IQ testing and its relationship with society. It both confirms, explains, and rejects the findings in the best seller "The Bell Curve" from 1994. "The IQ test," Dr. Geary says, "was designed to predict educational outcomes." And in this it works very well - in one study 20% of the people in the 99th percentile had Ph.D. degrees. He then discusses other aspects such as motivation, family, social presures and more as reasons for achievement in education, work and income. There's far too much to cover in a short review like this one.
This is not a book that has been dumbed down for the general reader. It is a definitive tome on the state of the understanding of the brain as it exists today. It is fascinating reading, but not something that you're going to race through in an afternoon.
As other reviewers have pointed out, this book is not written in the chatty, conversational tone of a pop-science paperback. Dr. Geary does not condescend or patronize the reader. He assumes we are intelligent adults who are willing to be challenged and enlightened. Further, the reader can easily select a chapter that interests him or her and read it in isolation.
I think this book conclusively demonstrates that the only way we will ever understand the brain/mind is via the lens of natural and sexual selection. It is not the final word on the topic but it is one hell of a mid-point salvo.
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David Geary texts are always a pleasant reading! This is a book to understand about the evolution of our mind and a prelude of what is coming on the field.Published on February 23, 2008 by W. T. HATTORI
I purchased this book based on my professional and personal interests and the positive reviews on Amazon. Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by Wayne Phillips