Evolution and the Human Mind: Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognition

Evolution and the Human Mind: Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognition

by Peter Carruthers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521783313

ISBN-13: 9780521783316

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How did our minds evolve? Can evolutionary considerations illuminate the question of the basic architecture of the human mind? These are two of the main questions addressed in Evolution and the Human Mind by a distinguished interdisciplinary team of philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and archaeologists. The volume will be of great interest to all researchers…  See more details below

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How did our minds evolve? Can evolutionary considerations illuminate the question of the basic architecture of the human mind? These are two of the main questions addressed in Evolution and the Human Mind by a distinguished interdisciplinary team of philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and archaeologists. The volume will be of great interest to all researchers and students interested in the evolution and nature of the mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521783316
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
1Introduction1
2Massively modular minds: evolutionary psychology and cognitive architecture13
3Individual differences in early understanding of mind: genes, non-shared environment and modularity47
4Darwin in the madhouse: evolutionary psychology and the classification of mental disorders62
5Evolution of the modern mind and the origins of culture: religious concepts as a limiting-case93
6Symmetry and the evolution of the modular linguistic mind113
7Evolution, communication and the proper function of language140
8The evolution of knowledge170
9Mind, brain and material culture: an archaeological perspective207
10The evolution of strategic thinking218
11On the origin of the human mind238
12The evolution of consciousness254
13Evolution, consciousness and the internality of the mind276
References299
Author index322
Subject index328

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