`This book issues a challenge to anyone in the field of psychotherapy who is resigned to seeing psychotherapy as solely a service activity or an art or craft. Instead, Langs invites us to see that psychotherapy, clinical technique and practice may have intricate and fundamental conditions to the scientific laws of nature and the universe. This work will also be of value to those psychotherapists who are interested in asking research questions about the process and technique of psychotherapy. It is also a refreshing read in a post modern era where the pursuit of validity and fundamental laws seems to have gone out of fashion' - New Therapist
Chapter 22: Universal Darwinism and the Emotion-Processing Mind
Universal Darwinism and the Emotion-Processing Mind
I needed some fresh leads and, fortuitously, evolutionary science had presented me with one such possibility. It had to do with the intriguing idea of universal Darwinism or Darwin machines (see Chapter 21; Cziko, 1995; Dawkins, 1983; Gazzaniga, 1992; Plotkin, 1994). In essence, the idea is that many bodily systems are designed with huge innate resources. Environmental events select from these resources for favoured reproduction those adaptive capabilities that are most favourable to survival. Selectionism and innate resourcefulness are the key operatives.
It seemed natural to ask if the emotion-processing mind is an organ system that operates according to the Darwinian principles of natural selection. And, if so, would understanding how this selectionism operates help ...