Ape That Spoke: Language and the Evolution of the Human Mind

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New York, NY 1991 Quarter Cloth First American New in New jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. New York, NY, William Morrow, 1991. First American edition. 8vo. Turquoise blue ... quarter-cloth with gilt lettering on spine over beige paper-covered boards with attractive copper-colored endpapers, black and white illustrations throughout, 288 pp. This book tells the story of how the human mind evolved. It starts out with the naked animal of our primitive ancestors and goes on to describe what happened once homo sapiens learned to speak. Along the way, if offers fresh insights into the workings of the brain. New in new dust jacket; protected by a mylar cover. Read more Show Less

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From hairy hominids, rational, self-aware human beings sprang into existence within a mere two million years--an eye-blink in geological terms. McCrone believes it was language that triggered the quantum leap in human development, allowing Homo sapiens to arise in the midst of an inhospitable ice age and sweep across the earth. McCrone re-creates the way our Homo ancestors' use of language might have made possible an inner dialogue dependent on the controlled recall of memories--a skill essential to self-awareness. The British science writer's controversial conclusion is that ``the human mind is only a few degrees different from an animal's.'' Imagination, higher emotions and complex habits of thought, in his theory, are language-driven extensions of the animal mind. Imparting a shock of discovery, this exciting evolutionary odyssey seamlessly interweaves recent advances in linguistics, brain research, cognitive psychology and anthropology. Illustrations. BOMC and History Book Club selections. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688103262
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Pages: 256

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