Scenario Visualization

Author: Robert Arp
Publisher: Bradford Books
ISBN: 9780262012447
Format: PDF, ePub
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An account of how humans evolved a conscious, vision-related ability unique to their species in order to solve nonroutine problems.

Origins of Mind

Author: Liz Swan
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400754191
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The big question of how and why mindedness evolved necessitates collaborative, multidisciplinary investigation. Biosemiotics provides a new conceptual space that attracts a multitude of thinkers in the biological and cognitive sciences and the humanities who recognize continuity in the biosphere from the simplest to the most complex organisms, and who are united in the project of trying to account for even language and human consciousness in this comprehensive picture of life. The young interdiscipline of biosemiotics has so far by and large focused on codes, signs and sign processes in the microworld—a fact that reflects the field’s strong representation in microbiology and embryology. What philosophers of mind and cognitive scientists can contribute to the growing interdiscipline are insights into how the biosemiotic weltanschauung applies to complex organisms like humans where such signs and sign processes constitute human society and culture.

Philosophy of Biology

Author: Alex Rosenberg
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405183179
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By combining excerpts from key historical writings with editors’ introductions and further reading material, Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology offers a comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date collection of the field’s most significant works. Addresses central questions such as ‘What is life?’ and ‘How did it begin?’, and the most current research and arguments on evolution and developmental biology Editorial notes throughout the text define, clarify, and qualify ideas, concepts and arguments Includes material on evolutionary psychology and evolutionary developmental biology not found in other standard philosophy of biology anthologies Further reading material assists novices in delving deeper into research in philosophy of biology

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

Author: Francisco J. Ayala
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444314939
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This collection of specially commissioned essays puts top scholars head to head to debate the central issues in the lively and fast growing field of philosophy of biology Brings together original essays on ten of the most hotly debated questions in philosophy of biology Lively head-to-head debate format sharply defines the issues and paves the way for further discussion Includes coverage of the new and vital area of evolutionary developmental biology, as well as the concept of a unified species, the role of genes in selection, the differences between micro- and macro-evolution, and much more Each section features an introduction to the topic as well as suggestions for further reading Offers an accessible overview of this fast-growing and dynamic field, whilst also capturing the imagination of professional philosophers and biologists

What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Cat

Author: Steven D. Hales
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
ISBN: 0812696522
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"Eighteen essays investigate philosophical aspects of the feline mind and the world of cats, illustrated by anecdotes about cats the authors have known"--Provided by publisher.

South Park and Philosophy

Author: Robert Arp
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405181532
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If you think Saddam and Satan make a kinky couple, wait till you get a load of South Park and Philosophy. Get your Big Wheels ready, because we’re going for a ride, as 22 philosophers take us down the road to understanding the big-picture issues in this small mountain town. A smart and candid look at one of television’s most subversive and controversial shows, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year Draws close parallels between the irreverent nature of South Park and the inquiring and skeptical approach of philosophy Addresses the perennial questions of the show, and the contemporary social and political issues that inspire each episode Uses familiar characters and episodes to illustrate topics such as moral relativism, freedom of expression, gay marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics, existential questions and much more makes you laugh out loud

Information and Living Systems

Author: George Terzis
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262201747
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The informational nature of biological organization, at levels from the genetic and epigenetic to the cognitive and linguistic.

Critical Thinking

Author: Jamie Carlin Watson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0826439519
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Designed for effective classroom use, this book equips students to think critically, reason and argue well.

Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology

Author: Robert Arp
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262527812
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An introduction to the field of applied ontology with examples derived particularly from biomedicine, covering theoretical components, design practices, and practical applications.