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Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind Paperback – 2 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised ed. edition (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521663830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521663830
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review of the hardback: 'One of the most heartening and innovative books of the year.' John Cornwell, The Sunday Times '[A] provocative, ambitious and enjoyable attempt to ask and answer some of the most interesting Big Questions of modern science and philosophy.' New Scientist

'Stewart and Cohen assault … all the big questions with gleeful expedition. Figments questions our placidly received wisdom … is frighteningly readable.' Henry Gee, Nature

'Sparkling science.' Graham Cairns-Smith, author of Evolving the Mind

'The reviewer is certain that everyone will enjoy sharing this journey into the mind, and that they will learn much background science, too.' Irish Astronomical Journal

'The good thing about these two authors is that they are not interested in providing an easy read. They tend to challenge the reader's preconceptions. It is a bumpy ride but always stimulating.' Chris Boyce, The Herald (Glasgow)

' … a stimulating and entertaining read.' Biologist

' … certainly an impressive and significant work. [The authors] have a refreshingly original approach to science. The book is written with a wry humour that carries the reader along. Academics usually write impenetrably; Steward and Cohen's delightful style enables them to explain complex issues in science to the non-specialist.' David V. Barrett, Fortean Times

'The reviewer is certain that everyone will enjoy sharing this journey into the mind, and that they will learn much background science, too.' Irish Astronomical Journal'

'A stimulating theory of how mind, consciousness, and culture have coevolved to create our species by two masters of informed, scientific speculation. Try it, and even if you don't like it you'll learn a lot. Who could ask for more?' John L. Casti

'I would recommend this book for anyone with an interest in events beyond our daily lives.' Rosalind Ramsey, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

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Bestselling authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen return with an exhilarating and entertaining exploration of how mind, language and culture evolved. Providing a fresh outlook on these topical questions, they develop new and intriguing insights into the nature of evolution, science and humanity.

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5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful synthesis of what we know & suspect about our Mind
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4.0 out of 5 starsIf you think you know how your mind works -- this book will make you think again!
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