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The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500281000

Product: Book, Paperback

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  • Were our brains hard-wired in the Pleistocene Era by the needs of hunter-gatherers?
  • When did religious beliefs first emerge?
  • Why were the first paintings made by humankind so technically accomplished and expressive?
  • What can the sexual habits of chimpanzees tell us about the prehistory of the modern mind?
This is the first archaeological account to support the new modular concept of the mind. The concept, promulgated by cognitive and evolutionary psychologists, views the mind as a collection of specialized intelligences or "cognitive domains," somewhat like a Swiss army knife with its specialized blades and tools. Arguing that only archaeology can answer many of the key questions raised by the new concept, Mithen delineates a three-phase sequence for the mind's evolution over six million years--from early Homo in Africa to the ice-age Neanderthals to our modern modular minds. The Prehistory of the Mind is an intriguing and challenging explanation of what it means to be human, a bold new theory about the origins and nature of the mind.
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9780500281000

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Book, Paperback

Title:

The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science

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Thames & Hudson

Pages:

288

Languages:

English

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9.2 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches, 2 pounds

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