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Why Think?: Evolution and the Rational Mind

Ronald de Sousa


In a world where natural selection has shaped adaptations of astonishing ingenuity, what is the scope and unique power of rational thinking? This book looks at the twin set of issues surrounding the power of natural selection to mimic rational design, and rational thinking as itself a product of natural selection. While we commonly deem ourselves superior to other species, the logic of natural selection should not lead us to expect that nature does everything for the best. Similarly, rational action does not always promote the best possible outcomes. So what is the difference? Is the pursuit o ... More

Keywords: natural selection, rational thinking, nature, rational action, language, instinct, experience, irrationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189858
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald de Sousa, author
University of Toronto