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Evolution of Sentience, Consciousness and Language Viewed from a Darwinian and Purposive Perspective

  title={Evolution of Sentience, Consciousness and Language Viewed from a Darwinian and Purposive Perspective},
  author={Nicholas Maxwell},
In this article I give a Darwinian account of how sentience, consciousness and language may have evolved. It is argued that sentience and consciousness emerge as brains control purposive actions in new ways. A key feature of this account is that Darwinian theory is interpreted so as to do justice to the purposive character of living things. According to this interpretation, as evolution proceeds, purposive actions play an increasingly important role in the mechanisms of evolution until, with… 
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