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A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1312
  1. Bruce Charlton, reader in evolutionary psychiatry, department of psychology
  1. University of Newcastle

    Merlin Donald

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    W W Norton, £22.95, pp 371

    ISBN 0 393 04950 7

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    There has been tremendous progress over the past few decades in understanding the nature and functioning of human consciousness. Although this knowledge has not yet settled into an explicit consensus, and details are lacking, nevertheless all the necessary elements are in place. A theory of human consciousness is here or hereabouts.

    From the evidence of this book, Donald is one of those who substantially understand consciousness—which is to say that he can give a …

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