Toward Consilience

The Bioneurological Basis of Behavior, Thought, Experience, and Language

  • Gerald A. CoryJr.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-5
  3. Brain Algorithms of Behavior and Experience

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      Pages 7-7
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  4. Brain Algorithms in Psychodynamics, Cognition Philosophy and Mysticism

  5. Brain Algorithms in Ethics and Social Theory

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      Pages 125-125
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      Pages 137-143
  6. Brain Algorithms in Philosophy and Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
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  7. Further Thoughts and Conclusion

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      Pages 207-207
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 239-294

About this book


The present work is the second in a series constituting an extension of my doctoral thesis done at Stanford in the early 1970s. Like the earlier work, The Reciprocal Modular Brain in Economics and Politics, Shaping the Rational and Moral Basis ofOrganization, Exchange, and Choice (Plenum Publishing, 1999), it may also be considered to respond to the call for consilience by Edward O. Wilson. I agree with Wilson that there is a pressing need in the sciences today for the unification of the social with the natural sciences. I consider the present work to proceed from the perspective of behavioral ecology, specifically a subfield which I choose to call interpersonal behavioral ecology th Ecology, as a general field, has emerged in the last quarter of the 20 century as a major theme of concern as we have become increasingly aware that we must preserve the planet whose limited resources we share with all other earthly creatures. Interpersonal behavioral ecology, however, focuses not on the physical environment, but upon our social environment. It concerns our interpersonal behavioral interactions at all levels, from simple dyadic one-to-one personal interactions to our larger, even global, social, economic, and political interactions.


Adaptation behavior biology brain cognition ethics evolution experience neuroscience

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerald A. CoryJr.
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  1. 1.Center for Behavioral EcologySan JoseUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6918-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4271-1
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