1st Edition

Homo Faber
A Study of Man's Mental Evolution

ISBN 9780367273538
Published June 19, 2019 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

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


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