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

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Overview

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.
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Philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists explore how evolutionary considerations can illuminate the basic architecture of the human mind. They focus especially on issues to do with the modularity of the mind, the evolution and significance of natural language, and the evolution of the capacity to think about thinking. Among the topics are evolutionary psychology and the classification of mental disorders, the evolution of strategic thinking, and symmetry and the evolution of the modular linguistic mind. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"...anthropological linguists who read it will be better informed about the deep questions, both historical and conceptual, that lurk behind their investigations of language and culture in the contemporary world." Anthropological Linguistics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521789080
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Massively modular minds: evolutionary psychology and cognitive architecture 13
3 Individual differences in early understanding of mind: genes, non-shared environment and modularity 47
4 Darwin in the madhouse: evolutionary psychology and the classification of mental disorders 62
5 Evolution of the modern mind and the origins of culture: religious concepts as a limiting-case 93
6 Symmetry and the evolution of the modular linguistic mind 113
7 Evolution, communication and the proper function of language 140
8 The evolution of knowledge 170
9 Mind, brain and material culture: an archaeological perspective 207
10 The evolution of strategic thinking 218
11 On the origin of the human mind 238
12 The evolution of consciousness 254
13 Evolution, consciousness and the internality of the mind 276
References 299
Author index 322
Subject index 328
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