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Neither ghost nor machine : the emergence and nature of selves / Jeremy Sherman ; foreword by Terrence Deacon.

By: Sherman, Jeremy (Writer on biophilosophy) [author.].
Contributor(s): Deacon, Terrence [author of foreword.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2017]Description: 1 online resource.ISBN: 9780231545990; 0231545991.Subject(s): Consciousness -- Philosophy | Self-realizationDDC classification: 126 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Sherman, a former student of noted philosopher/scientist Terrence Deacon, explains and expands upon theories from Deacon's book Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter (CH, Apr'12, 49-4436). Sherman's book is well-written and (for the most part) jargon-free, but it is not suitable for students or general readers. Here are four reasons: first, Sherman stipulates complex definitions for many common words, especially selves and aims. He then addresses the nature and origins of selves and aims using evolutionary theory--an ambitious undertaking. Second, the title implies an alternative to Cartesian two-sided interactionism, often referred to as the "ghost in the machine" hypothesis. Sherman suggests that his selves/aims model avoids the traditional mind-body problem by redefining ghost and machine in light of evolution. This, too, is ambitious. Third, much of this text addresses the historically puzzling concepts of teleology, teleonomy, and teleodynamics. Finally, Sherman's closing argument attempts to carve out theoretical space for values in a world of evolutionary facts--an aim so lofty it merits its own book. Though the effort behind this book is truly admirable, it likely will resonate best with specialist readers who are scholars in philosophy or evolutionary biology. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty only. --Ronald F. White, Mount St. Joseph University

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Jeremy Sherman is a decision theorist researching and writing about choice from the origin of life to everyday living. He teaches college courses across the social sciences and blogs for Psychology Today . He has studied and collaborated with Terrence Deacon for twenty years.<br> <br> Terrence Deacon is professor of biological anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain (1997) and Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter (2011).

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