Neural and Mental Evolution
This page will contain links to 12 chapters of a new book by Joseph Altman, entitled NEURAL AND MENTAL EVOLUTION: Origins of the Human Body, Brain, Behavior, Consciousness, and Culture. The study of mental evolution began with Charles Darwin’s 1872 publication “The Expressions of Emotions in Man and Animals” and was continued by Romanes in publications dated 1883 and 1888. However, there was a poor scientific understanding of human behavior and the mind in the late 19th century. Today, thanks to more than a century of rigorous psychological research on human behavior and the workings of the mind—and the added knowledge of paleontology, archeology, anthropology, and history—mental evolution is accepted today by most scientists.