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Aping Mankind

Account of humanity He suggests that seeing ourselves as animals may lead us to find reasons for treating others as less than human. A very good antidote to Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology overreach Fascinating things have come from the study of our brains and our evolutio

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Tallis argues that the rise of biologism has serious conseuences and demonstrates that by denying human uniueness and minimizing the. I actually finished this a week after getting it early last month It s one of those books that I wrote lots of notes alongside and I haven t yet had

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Differences between humans and their nearest animal kin it misrepresents what we are offering a grotesuely simplified and degrading. I ve enjoyed the Tallis style of fisticuffs ever since I first read his barbed assault on post structuralism in Not Saussure In the last 15 years I v


About the Author: Raymond Tallis

Professor Raymond Tallis is a philosopher poet novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist In the Economist's Intelligent Life Magazine Autumn he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the worldBorn in Liverpool in one of five children he trained as a doctor at Oxford University and at St Thomas' in London before going on to be.



10 thoughts on “Aping Mankind

  1. says:

    Tallis takes on neuroscientists and evolutionary psychologists who he argues reduce humans to beasts We have bodily functions like animals but beyond that we're ualitatively different and exceptional Our distinctive trait is consciousness which has nothing to do with our biologyTallis has this theory about the development of consciousness Our upright bipedal position frees our hands During our development as individuals and as a species w

  2. says:

    Raymond Tallis understands something that many in the cruder reaches of online atheism do not humanism and materialism are not only not synonymous but prove under relatively little scrutiny to be irreconcilable As soon as o

  3. says:

    I actually finished this a week after getting it early last month It's one of those books that I wrote lots of notes along

  4. says:

    Raymond Tallis plays the Renaissance Man learned in the sciences and humanities come to debunk the twin evils of Neuromania and Darwinitis in Aping Mankind Let me start off by pointing out where I'm in agreement with Tallis He didn't need to convince me that there is an epidemic of over inflated claims coming out of a collection of fields that might be termed neuro evolutionary studies I've increasingly found myself using his coinages tho

  5. says:

    I've enjoyed the Tallis style of fisticuffs ever since I first read his barbed assault on post structuralism in N

  6. says:

    The classic philosophers' debate about mind goes like this do we have nonphysical spiritsminds or does mind have a purely physical

  7. says:

    A very good antidote to Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology overreach Fascinating things have come from the

  8. says:

    This is a really hard read Tallis is obviously well read and a gifted thinker but this also makes him a hard read if the topics in science and philosophy are not things you are already familiar with as he is a name dropper and many of the names may mean nothing to you His writing style is also difficult at times

  9. says:

    Very very few books can claim to have changed my mind about something fundamental This one did Not an easy read tightly argued occasionally polemical and ultimately convincing me that my prior views were probably mistaken

  10. says:

    Tallis has written one very good book and one mediocre book and they are both between the same two covers The first half of Aping Mankind is a sweeping scathing and often hysterical demolition of the notion that the full panorama of human cognition can be reduced to neural activity Tallis's brilliance here is not simply

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