Title: The Amorous TinderAuthor: Paolo CrocchioloSeries: Contemporary European Cultural StudiesImprint: The Davies Group, Publishers134 pp. soft coverUSD 18.00 ISBN 9781888570878May 2004In The Amorous Tinder: Is the Mind a Product of Natural Selection? Paolo Crocchiolo explores the extent to which the human mind is formed by its biological nature, and concludes that the world we inhabit, and our own mind, are only one of the worlds and the minds that, out of the many possible, natural history has produced. This very evolutionary approach is extended by the author to various aspects of the human mind, such as philosophy and the arts. Crocchiolo proposes, for instance, to turn upside down Leibniz’s statement that “ours is the best of all possible worlds.” Rather than living in the best of all possible worlds, we seem to be the best possible organism, built and selected, accumulating an immense number of adaptive advantages, and still capable of surviving and re-producing, even in the worst of all imaginable worlds.ContentsAlberto Oliverio, Enlightened biologyThe Amorous TinderAn unexplored universeApril 6, 1327: First love is never forgottenAdam and Steve in prehistoryMarilyn and the peacock’s tailLet’s pretend it’s realThe ecstasy of S. Theresa and Stendhal’s syndromeThe spandrels of San MarcoGetting accustomed to the 1900sDe Prospectiva PingendiCalderón, Von Kleist: tribal ethics with variationsA stroll in Altemps Palace: Ars diabetica?AmazonasHephaestus 2000: à la manière de Cesare MusattiInferiority of insects, or “equal dignity”?BocadilloThe alchemy of emotionsA chat among friendsNoam ChomskyChristopher Columbus and the spirit of UlyssesAs you like itBibliographyReviews“The Amorous Tinder: Is the Mind a Product of Natural Selection? is a thoughtful and humanly rich collection of essays bridging the new biology of the mind with the traditional inquiries of the humanities. A delightful read.”— Antonio DamasioAuthor of Descartes' Error and Looking for SpinozaDirector of the Brain and Creativity Institute and David Dornsife Professor of NeuroscienceUniversity of Southern California“The Amorous Tinder is a very original book, which works out of a modern world view of the human condition with which I closely agree.”— Edward O. WilsonUniversity Professor Emeritus, Harvard University “In a scholarly book that is beautifully written, Crocchiolo offers a modern evolutionary viewpoint on some of the deepest issues in the arts and sciences. His unique perspective on the human condition challenges the limits of our imagination.”— Victor Johnston, Professor of Psychobiology New Mexico State UniversityAuthorDr. Crocchiolo is Professor of Ethics and Global Policies, and Professor of Biology of the Human Mind, at the American University of Rome. He has authored numerous scientific publications on biomedical and public health issues as well as publications addressing drug policies, HIV/AIDS policies and the biological/ historical/ philosophical background underlying current ethical visions and approaches. Books published include L’Esca amorosa (2004) and Il tocco della vita (2005).