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The First Idea

The First Idea

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by Stanley I. Greenspan

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In the childhood of every human being and at the dawn of human history there is an amazing and, until now, unexplained leap from simple genetically programmed behavior to language, symbolic thinking, and culture. In The First Idea, Stanley Greenspan and Stuart Shanker explore this missing link and offer brilliant new insights into two longstanding questions

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The First Idea: How Symbols, Language and Intelligence Evolve 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book talks about several concepts that are important to understanding basic language development issues. First, is the concept of language as symbolic and how the ability to process symbols determines our ability to interact with our world. Next is the idea that the brain's wiring helps to determine how and what we interpret from our environment; this follows Pribram's concepts in neuroscience of the holonomic brain. The most relevant information is that way he defines the development of language in stages and how the different wiring of the autistic brain creates problems for the child's ability to interact with the world. He also outlines the development of emotional /intellectual growth which he links to language development. One concept is the idea that higher order thinking can not exist without the basic framework defined in these stages. Newer research (Thurman, 2009) suggests that this later assumption may not be true.
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