THE BOOK OF MINDS: How to Understand Ourselves and Other Beings, from Animals to AI to Aliens

UK cover of The Book of Minds by Philip BallThe Book of Minds: How to understand ourselves and other beings, from animals to AI to aliens by Philip Ball

Understanding the human mind and how it relates to the world that we experience has challenged philosophers for centuries. How then do we even begin to think about ‘minds’ that are not human?

In recent decades, the mind – both human and otherwise – has been explored by scientists in fields ranging from zoology to astrobiology, computer science to neuroscience. Taking a uniquely broad view of minds and where they might be found – including in plants, aliens, and God – The Book of Minds pulls these multidisciplinary pieces together. In so doing, it offers for the first time a unified way of thinking about what minds are and what they can do, arguing that in order to understand our own minds and imagine those of others, we need to move on from considering the human mind as a standard against which all others should be measured.

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“Ball argues that we must look beyond our own brains and delve into the minds of other creatures if we want to truly understand ourselves and comprehend the possibility of alien or machine intelligence.” New Scientist, “Don’t Miss”

More Reviews of THE BOOK OF MINDS: How to Understand Ourselves and Other Beings, from Animals to AI to Aliens

PICADOR (Macmillan), June 2022
University of Chicago Press (2022) Hardcover ISBN 0-226-79587-X


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(USA cover) The Book of Minds by Philip Ball
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