How Homo Became Sapiens: On the Evolution of Thinking

How Homo Became Sapiens On the Evolution of Thinking Our 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 stri

  • Title: How Homo Became Sapiens: On the Evolution of Thinking
  • Author: Peter Gärdenfors
  • ISBN: 9780198528517
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our 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 didOur 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 empathize, 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 basic cognitive processes, such as attention and memory, then builds upon these to explore complex behaviors, such as self consciousness, mindreading, and imitation Having done this, he examines the consequences of putting thought into the world i.e using external media like cave paintings, drawings, and writing Immensely readable and humorous, the book will be valuable for students in psychology and biology, and accessible to readers of popular science.

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    1. The book is an amazing cognitive analysis of the human history since the past beginning and the source of the the thoughts in a point of view of evolutionary meaning. He made exactly what he proposed and answer the question in how works the transition between apes and humans as cited in book title.The references are great and the language used is very well easy to understand. All his theories is very well funded in research with apes, child or other animals to study deeply the frontier between t [...]

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