Why We Need to Study the Brain’s Evolution in Order to Understand the Modern Mind | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network

Good depiction of how the brain has evolved, even though written as a critique of those who just want to study how the brain and mind work, not how they developed and evolved over time. An interesting read. Quote:

Just as evolution shaped the human heart’s structure and function, evolution sculpted the human brain—as well as the mind. This is an inescapable fact. The brain and mind are inextricable. In order to understand one, you must understand the other. Changing a brain’s structure changes how that brain behaves and what kind of mind emerges from its interaction with the environment. We have clear evidence of this from people who have endured swift and dramatic changes to their brains through traumatic injury, stroke and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Likewise, the more gradual structural changes to the human brain during the course of its evolution mirror an evolution of the human mind. Consciousness, self-awareness, complex emotions, language, creativity—if you want to truly understand these aspects of mind, you must understand when and why they first evolved. To do that, you must understand how the brain has changed over time.

Why We Need to Study the Brain’s Evolution in Order to Understand the Modern Mind | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network.

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