Homo Faber: A Study of Man's Mental Evolution, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Homo Faber

A Study of Man's Mental Evolution, 1st Edition

By G. N. M. Tyrrell


216 pages

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pub: 2019-08-31
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Originally published in 1951, Homo Faber is an examination of the scientific outlook on human mental evolution through the lens of parapsychology. The book aims to undermine what its terms, the ‘scientific outlook’ examining the human interpretation of the world, and the preconceived scientific concepts that reality does not extend beyond the realm that our senses reveal. The book expands upon this and moves to examine the broader human understanding of the entire cosmos, challenging the scientific conception that this can be grasped in principal by human intellect, arising from the chance combination of material particles. The book argues that the scientific outlook prevents humans from discovering in the Universe the meaning and purpose which are everywhere to be found if sought in the appropriate contemplative states of mind. This book provides a unique take on the examination of human psychology and the evolution of the brain from an alternative scientific stance. It will be of interest to anthropologists, historians and psychologists alike.

Table of Contents



1. Introductory

2. The Non-Specialist Standpoint

3. Science in Action

4. Science in Discovery

5. What Psychical Research Disclosed

6. Homo Faber

7. Nature’s Problem

8. The Intruder

9. Adaptation in Ordinary Life

10. The Adapted Mind in Physics

11. Putting Nature to the Question

12. The Adapted Mind in Biology

13. Mechanism, Vitalism and Emergence

14. The Pattern Behind the Pattern

15. The Adapted Mind in Psychology

16. The Lighted Foreground

17. The Adapted Mind in Philosophy

18. The Fallacy Behind the Modern Outlook


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Evolution

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1913 and 1997, draw together research by leading academics in the area of evolution and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines evolution from a broad range of disciplines, from the anthropological development of modern society, to the scientific examinations of cellular and genetic evolution. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, natural history, anthropology, sociology and religion. The 16 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into the psychological evolution of the brain, philosophical and theological examinations of evolution, analysis of genetic and cellular evolution, discussions of Darwinian theory, the affect of survival of the fittest from both genetic and political standpoints and examinations into the affinity between man and ape. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of evolution and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and anthropology, but of history, psychology and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General