ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
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November 28, 2019

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Note: William H. Calvin is a neurobiologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and President of the CO2 Foundation. He is the author of many scientific books, including A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MIND:
From Apes to Intellect and Beyond

This book looks back at the simpler versions of mental life in apes, Neanderthals, and our ancestors, back before our burst of creativity started 50,000 years ago. When you cannot think about the future in much detail, you are trapped in a here-and-now existence with no "What if" and "Why me?" It should be read widely throughout the Humanist Galaxy of motivated lifelong learners.

In another important book, Global Fever, Calvin wrote:
    "The climate doctors have been consulted; the lab reports have come back. Now it is time to pull together the Big Picture and discuss treatment options. At a time when architects are thinking ahead to more efficient buildings and power planners are extolling the virtues of renewable energy, the climate modelers have discovered that long-term planning will no longer suffice. Our fossil fuel fiasco has already painted us into a corner such that, if we don't make substantial near-term gains before 2020, the long-term is pre-empted, the efforts all for naught. We are already in dangerous territory and have to act quickly to avoid triggering widespread catastrophes. The only good analogy is arming for a great war, doing what must be done regardless of cost and convenience." His climate talk in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People is available in streaming video as are other recent lectures at NASA and Rice University.
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MIND:
From Apes to Intellect and Beyond

by William H. Calvin.
Oxford University Press,
2004 (i-xx, 219 pages)


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From Apes to Intellect and Beyond