The Evolution Of The Brain

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Standard Equipment According to the article evolution has designed far more than just our eyes, hands, or instincts. The brain itself has been molded by evolution over millions of years in order to address the problems that our ancestors faced, such as, “… understanding and outmaneuvering objects, animals, plants, and other people” (How the Mind Works). The brain can essentially be thought of as a thought computer that is composed of various modules, which each perform specialized functions optimally and have been shaped to do so through natural selection. Through the evolutionary perspective, Psychology is engineering in reverse in that we begin with the whole and then dissect and understand the individual parts the whole consists of. The brain is an incredible device that performs feats that are still impossible for humans to recreate today. It is because of dilemmas faced by things, such as reverse imaging/optics that we still cannot create a robot. The only reason our brains can accomplish reverse imaging is because of having a general schema in place through which all incoming information is processed based upon assumptions that they will follow certain characteristics. For example, the brain assumes that the world is generally made up of flat surfaces of varying color that consist of different textures so that reverse imaging can become possible. This preprogrammed schema is so powerful that we cannot ever choose to be devoid of its illusions, a tv will always seem to
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