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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Accepting and now forcefully responding to this decentering and disturbing idea, Keith Stanovich here provides the tools for the "robot's rebellion," a program of cognitive reform necessary to advance human interests over the limited interest of the replicators and define our own autonomous goals as individual human beings. He shows how concepts of rational thinking from cognitive science interact with the logic of evolution to create opportunities for humans to structure their behavior to serve their own ends. These evaluative activities of the brain, he argues, fulfill the need that we have to ascribe significance to human life.
We may well be robots, but we are the only robots who have discovered that fact. Only by recognizing ourselves as such, argues Stanovich, can we begin to construct a concept of self based on what is truly singular about humans: that they gain control of their lives in a way unique among life forms on Earth—through rational self-determination.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Staring into the Darwinian Abyss
Chapter 2: A Brain at War with Itself
Chapter 3: The Robot’s Secret Weapon
Chapter 4: The Biases of the Autonomous Brain: Characteristics of the Short-Leash Mind that Sometimes Cause Us Grief
Chapter 5: How Evolutionary Psychology Goes Wrong
Chapter 6: Dysrationalia: Why So Many Smart People Do So Many Dumb Things
Chapter 7: From the Clutches of the Genes into the Clutches of the Memes
Chapter 8: A Soul without Mystery: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin