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Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence

by Gary Lynch

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The reader should know that Granger and Lynch are going against a lot of paleoanthropological thinking is describing the Boskopoids as a separate hominid group. They allude to this, saying that the species is not determined, etc., but in fact there is considerable opinion that the Boskopoids are simply a tendentious grouping of unusually large skulls. I personally wouldn't attempt to weigh in on this subject. In fact, it doesn't really matter, since there is little information about the Boskopoids, except for their skull size. There is nothing about their tools, the interior shape of their skulls, or more than just vague speculation about what such a large brain might presage. The book is mostly about the functioning and evolution of the brain, especially among mammals, especially among primate. This is quite interesting, and the work is lavishly illustrated. So I would recommend it for what it is actually about, but those wanting to learn more about the Boskopoids may be seriously disappointed. ( )
  juglicerr | Dec 21, 2008 |
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Somewhere in Africa, sometime between five and six million years ago, began a process that led to an unprecedented outcome: the domination of the planet by a single species.
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We are used to thinking of humans as unique; our huge brains, our language ability, and our intelligence render us dominant among all species on the earth. But the Boskops--close human relatives who walked the plains of Africa 10,000 years ago, had brains that were 30 percent larger than our own. The size of these earlier brains runs counter to our deep-set belief that time has improved us, that the modern human brain is the pinnacle of evolution. In this groundbreaking book, two eminent scientists, Gary Lynch and Richard Granger, deliver a fascinating and fast-paced investigation of how our brains got the way the are, and how they might get better--much better. Reconstructing the Boskop brain leads Lynch and Granger to new insights into how our brain functions: how memory gets encoded, how the process fails with age and disease; how we perceive, act and communicate' and what mechanisms in the brain can potentially be enhanced, improving on the current design. In Big Brain, they reveal how the secrets of human and Boskop brains can teach us to think faster and more clearly, to increase our memory capacities, and to sustain our mental abilities further into old age, even to fight neural disorders and diseases such as Alzheimers. Weaving together history, science, and the latest theories of artificial intelligence, memory, language, and neuroscience, Lynch and Granger demystify the complexities of our brains and five us tantalizing insights into our humanity--its past and future. [from the dust jacket]
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"In this groundbreaking book, two eminent scientists, Gary Lynch and Richard Granger, deliver a fascinating and fast-paced investigation of how our brains got the way they are, and how they might get better - much better. Reconstructing the Boskop brain leads Lynch and Granger to new insights into how our brain functions: how memory gets encoded; how the process fails with age and disease; how we perceive, act, and communicate; and what mechanisms in the brain can potentially be enhanced, improving on the current design. In Big Brain, they reveal how the secrets of human and Boskop brains can teach us to think faster and more clearly, to increase our memory capacities, and to sustain our mental abilities further into old age, even to fight neural disorders and diseases such as Alzheimer's." "Weaving together history, science, and the latest theories of artificial intelligence, memory, language, and neuroscience, Lynch and Granger demystify the complexities of our brains, and give us tantalizing insights into our humanity - its past and its future."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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