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The Birth of the Mind
how a tiny number of genes creates the complexities of human thought
VerfasserIn: Marcus, Gary F.
Verfasserangabe: Gary F. Marcus
Jahr: 2004
Verlag: New York, Basic Books
Mediengruppe: Buch
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The Human Genome Project has revealed that we possess a surprisingly small number of genes, especially in light of our fairly complex bodies. In The Birth of the Mind, NYU psychology professor Gary Marcus brings together current research on how our genetic code assembles that most mysterious physiological structure, the brain. Readers fascinated by the works of Steven Pinker and other mind theorists will be fascinated by Marcus' descriptions of strange--and sometimes disturbing--sensory experiments carried out on chimps, ferrets, and kittens that show how the brain organizes itself in the presence or absence of external stimuli. Further, Marcus writes that there's nothing particularly special about how the brain is built and maintained.
What's amazing is how little of the overall scheme for embryonic development is special to the brain. Although thousands of genes are involved in brain development, a large number of them are shared with (or have close counterparts in) genes that guide the development of the rest of the body.
With plenty of evidence supporting the notion of multi-function "housekeeping genes," Marcus concludes that our hopes for finding single genes responsible for various brain disorders are likely unfounded. The Birth of the Mind offers an engaging and often witty look at how our genetic code can be simple enough to make basic proteins and complicated enough to help us learn languages. --Therese Littleton-- (www.amazon.de)
1 Neither Is Better
2 Born to Learn
3 Brain Storms
4 Aristotle's Impetus
5 Copernicus's Revenge
6 Wiring the Mind
7 The Evolution of Mental Genes
8 Paradox Lost
9 Final Frontiers
Appendix: Methods for Reading the Genome
Name Index
VerfasserIn: Marcus, Gary F.
VerfasserInnenangabe: Gary F. Marcus
Jahr: 2004
Verlag: New York, Basic Books
Systematik: NN.BA, FS.E
ISBN: 978-0-465-04406-1
2. ISBN: 0-465-04405-0
Beschreibung: 288 S.
Mediengruppe: Buch