Figments of Reality : The Evolution of the Curious Mind
by Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 28, 1997)
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n Figments of Reality, mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen's thesis (or schtick) is that human minds are produced by complicity between human brains and culture. In their earlier book The Collapse of Chaos, Stewart and Cohen used the power of Humpty Dumpty to redefine complicity to mean properties that emerge from the mutual interaction of complex systems. “Our minds, our societies, our cultures, and our global multiculture, are all evolving within a reality that we mould in images of our own creation. We are a figment of reality — but reality is increasingly a figment of us”.