Evolving the Mind: on the nature of matter and the origin of consciousness
by A.G. Cairns-Smith

No, this book has nothing to do with biological evolution, even though the blurb on the jacket says it does. The blurb also says it is about how ideas about the mind have evolved [in the memeosphere]. This book is mainly proof of the otherwise unbelievable idea that someone in the 1990's would try to describe the history of cognitive research without including coverage of artificial intelligence research and neural network models. Cairns-Smith has done a service for his fellow chemists, they can now stay at the bench and spare us from any additional public displays of physicist envy (physicist envy defined: "if physicists can write books about how physics can explain consiousness, why can't chemists?").


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