A Universal Theory Of Mind: Active-Perception

Written both for the general reader and the specialist with a serious interest in the mind, this first volume, Active-Perception, goes back to basics regarding how and what we know about other minds, and mind in general. There are three parts:

Part One, ECOLOGICAL MIND, in which: the idea that the mind is contained in the brain, or is a machine, is dismissed; in which life is presented as organisation, which consumes order from the part chaotic, part orderly, world beyond; and in which mind is understood as the name we give for the rich coherent intelligence observable in the permanent engagement of a creature and its world.

Part Two, PROVENANCE, in which the universal theory of mind introduced in part one is related to many branches of knowledge and science, including ecological perception (the work of James and Eleanor Gibson), systems and chaos theory, Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience. A philosophical context is set out for the theory as within the empiricist tradition, updated by ideas from cybernetics regarding how intelligent systems arise and are maintained.

Part Three, CULTURED MIND, in which the basic theory of mind is developed to explain our "higher" intelligences (language, empathy, and all systems of thought) as developments of our "lower" intelligence, employing specific structures of the brain. The necessary adoption of "organisational" or "cyclic" time, in place of the "Newtonian" time of the physical sciences, exposes theoretical weaknesses in both neo-Darwinism and Chomskyan linguistics.

This work connects modern mathematics and engineering to old ideas from Buddhist psychology. Potentially it has major implications for philosophy and science. Further volumes (Emotion & Consciousness, Education & Society) are in preparation.

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