How Homo Became Sapiens: On the Evolution of Thinking

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Show simple item record Gärdenfors, P 2010-05-28T09:37:16Z 2012-03-22
dc.identifier.citation 2012, pp. 1 - 252
dc.identifier.isbn 0198528515
dc.identifier.isbn 9780198528517
dc.identifier.other A1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract Our ability to think is one of our most puzzling characteristics. What would it 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 intentions of others? In this compelling work, the author 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 writing.
dc.publisher Oxford University Press
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528517.001.0001
dc.title How Homo Became Sapiens: On the Evolution of Thinking
dc.type Book
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage en_US
dc.identifier.endpage en_US FEIT.School of Software en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1702 Cognitive Sciences
dc.personcode 116475
dc.percentage 100 en_US Cognitive Sciences en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1 en_US
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dc.description.keywords Cave paintings
dc.description.keywords Cognitive processes
dc.description.keywords Evolution
dc.description.keywords Free will
dc.description.keywords Language
dc.description.keywords Memory
dc.description.keywords Mindreading
dc.description.keywords Planning
dc.description.keywords Self-consciousness
dc.description.keywords Thinking
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology/School of Software
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