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The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and… (udgave 1999)

af Steven Mithen (Forfatter)

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Here is an exhilarating intellectual performance, in the tradition of Roger Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind and Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct. On the way to showing how the world of our ancient ancestors shaped our modern modular mind, Steven Mithen shares one provocative insight after another as he answers a series of fascinating questions: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.… (mere)
Medlem:Devon.Stivers
Titel:The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science
Forfattere:Steven Mithen (Forfatter)
Info:Thames & Hudson (1999), Edition: 1st, 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:textbooks, science, history, classics

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

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    thcson: Richardson shows why books like Mithen's are pure speculation without any evidence.
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This book was the great breakthrough of the British archaeologist Steven Mithen (° 1960). He published it in 1996 and it immediately caused a stir in archaeological circles, but also far beyond. Indeed, Mithen was quite ambitious. He puts forward a bold hypothesis about how the human mind very gradually evolved, from about 2.5 million years ago to the great cognitive leap sometime between 100 and 50,000 years ago. Mithen makes extensive use of theories from the psychological sciences, but uses them to create his own view, which he tries to substantiate as much as possible with concrete archaeological findings. Out of necessity, his theory remains highly speculative, but it does offer an interesting, reasonably plausible explanation for the emergence of the "modern mind". And unlike many other developmental psychologists, anthropologists and philosophers, he is at least making an attempt to fit in the empirical material. But it remains a theory of a very speculative nature, and by now, probably outdated. More on that in my History account on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3759206386 ( )
  bookomaniac | Jan 26, 2021 |
This is a very engaging read and a fascinating hypothesis of how human cognitive abilities evolved. I particularly enjoyed Mithen's thoughts on the possible differences between the minds of modern humankind on that of Neanderthals. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Mar 29, 2013 |
Don't take this book too seriously. The author's speculations about the origins of the human mind are so simple that they almost offend the reader's intelligence. He shows us separate boxes in the beginning, then merges them together at the end and voila, the human mind! Readers beware: no evidence exists about the evolution of the mind. It's all imaginative speculation. Or not even imaginative, just simple, as in this book.
  thcson | Nov 16, 2011 |
Author believes that the human mind evolved by developing greater general intelligence, then developing specialized intelligences in technology, social relationships and natural history, then integrating these specialized inteligences into an improved general intelligence. Interesting and worth reading for those who are interested in evolution or theories of mind. ( )
  ritaer | Nov 11, 2011 |
This is a look at how intelligence and reasoning developed from the earliest primates to the beginnings of agriculture. Using metaphor and analogy Steven Mithen provides a synthesis of archaeology and psychology to explain why and how we think.

I found this an interesting book to read. He presents his ideas in a readable style; expanding on certain points in more detailed notes which include sources for further reading. Recommended. ( )
  calm | Jan 12, 2010 |
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Here is an exhilarating intellectual performance, in the tradition of Roger Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind and Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct. On the way to showing how the world of our ancient ancestors shaped our modern modular mind, Steven Mithen shares one provocative insight after another as he answers a series of fascinating questions: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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