Category Archives: Origin of Life

Spontaneous Electrical Low-frequency Oscillations (SELFOs) has a great overview of two issues from Royal Society Publishing on the origins of nervous systems. One great thing about the issues is it seems so far at least that almost every article in the two issues seems … Continue reading

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The First Minds: Caterpillars, Karyotes, and Consciousness

The book by Arthur Reber that I mentioned in my last post arrived from Amazon. I’ve read it and would like to provide some additional thoughts on my previous post. I won’t repeat ground covered in the previous post so … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul

The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul: Learning and the Origins of Consciousness by Simona Ginsburg and Eva Jablonka argues that a type of complex learning they call unlimited associative learning (UAL) is a marker in the evolutionary record for the … Continue reading

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