How Homo Became Sapiens
On the Evolution of Thinking
By (author) Peter Gardenfors
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How Homo Became Sapiens by Peter Gardenfors
Book DescriptionOur ability to 'think' is really one of our most puzzling characteristics. What it would be like to be unable to think? What would it be like to lack self-awareness? The complexity of this activity is striking. 'Thinking' involves the interaction of a range of mental processes - attention, emotion, memory, planning, self-consciousness, free will, and language. So where did these processes arise? What evolutionary advantages were bestowed upon those with an ability to deceive, to plan, to empathise, or to understand the intention of others? In this compelling new work, Peter Gardenfors embarks on an evolutionary detective story to try and solve one of the big mysteries surrounding human existence - how has the modern human being's way of thinking come into existence. He starts by taking in turn the more basic cognitive processes - such as attention and memory, then builds upon these to explore more complex behaviours, such as self-consciousness, mindreading, and imitation. Having done this, he examines the consequences of "putting thought into the world" - using external media like cave paintings, drawings and writings. Immensely readable and humorous, the book will be valuable for students in psychology and biology, whilst remaining accessible to readers of popular science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198528500
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Gardenfors
How Homo Became Sapiens, Paperback (January 2006)
Embarks on an evolutionary detective story to try and solve one of the big mysteries surrounding human existence - how has the modern human being's way of thinking come into existence. This book examines the consequences of "putting thought into the world", using external media like cave paintings, drawings and writing.
Cognition, Education, and Communication Technology, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by Peter Gardenfors
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