Many people who are not scientists find it very difficult to believe that our great-great-ancestors were not people, but other kinds of animals: that we evolved. Most scientists, but not all, find it equally difficult to believe that we are not related to the rest of the natural world by descent, because we are so similar to them in all our systems - including our brains. Our minds, and perhaps our souls, are issues which science is beginning to address; how did the Ape With The Curious Mind arise from creatures that were “just animals”? (Dr Cohen has just produced a book, with Prof Ian Stewart, called “Figments of Reality”, which addresses these questions.)
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