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KURI, Ivonne  y  MUNOZ RUBIO, Julio. Neural Darwinism and the origins of human consciuoness: A dialectic critique. Sig. Fil [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.37, pp.170-195. ISSN 1665-1324.

This article examines Neural Darwinism (ND) proposed as an explanation of evolution of human consciousness. His methodology is contrasted with that used by Richard Lewontin, Richard Levins, and Steven Rose, who made important contributions to the study of living systems from a dialectical point of view. We conclude that the interactionist explanation of the evolution of conscience put forward in ND overcomes many of the deficiencies proper to biological determinism. However, as ND also shares many of the foundations of the Cartesian approach, it maintains a non-historical character, insufficient for the account of human consciousness. We suggest the adoption of an alternative theory, able to fully explain human conscience which must consider the whole of existing relations in it, and, instead of merely considering them as interactions, they have to be observed as dialectical interpenetrations.

Palabras llave : Edelman; primary conscience; higher order conscience; cartesianism.

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