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Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology

The Life and Mind series from the MIT Press aims to re-conceptualize the philosophy of biology and psychology by showcasing works that contribute to a meaningful cross-dialogue between philosophers and scientists. Books in the series focus on philosophical issues that arise from, and are relevant to, the practitioners in the behavioral, biological, and cognitive sciences.

Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Delusional Thought

Drawing on the latest work in cognitive neuroscience, a philosopher proposes that delusions are narrative models that accommodate anomalous experiences.

The Struggle to Understand the Interaction of Nature and Nurture

Why the “nature versus nurture” debate persists despite widespread recognition that human traits arise from the interaction of nature and nurture.

Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life

A pioneering proposal for a pluralistic extension of evolutionary theory, now updated to reflect the most recent research.

Scientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences

A broad theory of research methodology for psychology and the behavioral sciences that offers a coherent treatment of a range of behavioral research methods.

A philosopher argues that we know little about our own inner lives.

Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

An argument that achieving millennial life spans or monumental intellects will destroy values that give meaning to human lives.

Essays from a range of disciplinary perspectives show the central role that cooperation plays in structuring our world.

The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust

An exploration of the character and evolution of disgust and the role this emotion plays in our social and moral lives.

Edited by Richard Menary

Leading scholars respond to the famous proposition by Andy Clark and David Chalmers that cognition and mind are not located exclusively in the head.

How Gene Regulation Networks Evolve to Control Development

A proposal for a new model of the evolution of gene regulation networks and development that draws on work from artificial intelligence and philosophy of mind.

Proponent Meets Skeptic

A psychologist and a philosopher with opposing viewpoints discuss the extent to which it is possible to report accurately on our own conscious experience, considering both the reliability of introspection in general and the particular self-reported inner experiences of "Melanie," a subject interviewed using the Descriptive Experience Sampling method.

An account of scientific laws that vindicates the status of psychological laws and shows natural laws to be compatible with free will.

Leading philosophers and scientists consider what conclusions about color can be drawn when the latest analytic tools are applied to the most sophisticated color science.

An analysis of the cognitive consequences of diminished contact with nature examines the relationship between how people think about the natural world and how they act on it, and how these are affected by cultural differences.

A philosopher subjects the claims of evolutionary psychology to the evidential and methodological requirements of evolutionary biology, concluding that evolutionary psychology’s explanations amount to speculation disguised as results.

The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered
Philosophical Papers on Molecular Biology
Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life
It's Not What You Think
Design in Nature and Elsewhere
Developmental Systems and Evolution
The Limits of Localizing Cognitive Processes in the Brain