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Evolution and the Emergent Self: The Rise of Complexity and Behavioral Versatility in Nature

Raymond Neubauer


This book explores how the human species emerged from the cosmic dust. It describes the rising complexity of life in terms of increasing information content, first in genes and then in brains. It portrays four species with high brain:body ratios—chimpanzees, elephants, ravens, and dolphins—and shows how each species shares with humans the capacity for complex communication, elaborate social relationships, flexible behavior, tool use, and powers of abstraction. The book describes this constellation of qualities as an emergent self, arguing that self-awareness is nascent in several species besid ... More

Keywords: emergent self, self-awareness, evolutionary process, human culture, cosmic dust, open thermodynamic systems, planet formation, evolution of life, intelligence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231150705
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231150705.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond Neubauer, author