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|1. Evolution, Information and Personality, $19.50|
|2. Society Reconsidered: A debate on the Issues of Modern Times, $12.95|
|3. Hominids: A Perspective on Human Biosocial Evolution from the Treetops to the Renaissance, $22.50|
|Evolution, Information and Personality
Toward A Unified Theory of The Psyche
by Robert Depaolo
This book offers an integrative theory of human behavior in the context of Information Theory, and what it implies about the evolution of the primate brain. Particular attention is paid to how the large, stereoscopic and integrative human brain uses and conserves energy, and how that plays out in terms of affect, coping mechanism, and psychopathology. Energy and information are discussed as interchangeable processes. "Code finding" is seen as an energy enhancer.
|In behavioral terms, there is discussion of neoteny, (extended period of
development) a lifelong penchant for novelty seeking, play, risk taking, and behavioral
versatility as energizing phenomena that can be conducive to wellness, if the client's
schemes and "rules" (particularly regarding the "hierarchical
self") are broad and valid enough to accommodate flexible perception and behaviors.
Evolution, Information and Personality also provides a new diagnostic and therapeutic framework, including a "wellness template" consisting of a capacity to sustain energy by incorporating both variety and stability into one's habits and life style. The model addresses both prevention and clinical intervention.
A debate on the Issues of Modern Times
by Robert Depaolo
Ten of the most important thinkers in history are brought back to debate and discuss the causes and cures of modern problems. In a free, humorous and occasionally contentious format, the panelists put forth their view on education, crime, economics, human nature, "leaders and followers" and the future. Out of this discussion comes a plethora of new ideas as well as a clarification and defense of old ones. The panel consists of Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Margaret Mead, B.F. Skinner, Karl Marx, Wilhelm Georg Hegel, Immanuel Kant, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson and John Dewey.
|This book is now being used for social science seminars in the Latin Schools in Chicago and offers an integrative, multi-disciplinary "conversation" that might be helpful to instructors, and of that matter, readers interested in the mixture of ideas that shaped the modern world|
A Perspective on Human Biosocial Evolution from the Treetops to the Renaissance
by Robert Depaolo
Hominids is a epic account of human evolution that begins with primates singing doo-wop in trees and ends with the last words of Galileo on his deathbed. It has been endorsed by a variety of experts in the field of social science. The book is divided into two parts: prehistoric (dating back to the first bipeds) and post-cultural. IN the first section the basic structure of the arboreal brain is discussed as a logical prototype for the development of human cognition.
|Various anatomical features such as bipedalism, heat resistant physique
and associative brain circuits are discussed as facilitators of migratory habits
(nomadism) that set the stage for the evolution of a pan-ecological primate with a
capacity for conceptual reasoning.
The second part is concerned with the evolution of human culture, including the advent of sociopolitical "tribal expansion", and accompanying solutions to the problem of genetic dispersion (such as religion and politics). It reaches its climax with the development of the scientific method. As a guide through past two, HOMINIDS traces the lives of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Francis Bacon, Galileo and Isaac Newton. This book is an attempt to create a fusion between science and story telling.
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