The Lopsided Ape: Evolution of the Generative Mind

The Lopsided Ape: Evolution of the Generative Mind

by Michael C. Corballis
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

What is it that allows human beings to think the way we do? What enables us to communicate with one another through the use of speech? Is the difference between Homo sapiens and other apes simply a matter of degree or are we unique and discontinuous from other species? Michael C. Corballis argues that the answers to these questions lie in the fact that humans are the… See more details below

Overview

What is it that allows human beings to think the way we do? What enables us to communicate with one another through the use of speech? Is the difference between Homo sapiens and other apes simply a matter of degree or are we unique and discontinuous from other species? Michael C. Corballis argues that the answers to these questions lie in the fact that humans are the only primates that are predominantly right-handed, a sign of the specialization of the left hemisphere of the brain for language. He attributes unique human abilities to a biological mechanism in the left hemisphere of the brain called a "generative assembling device" or GAD. The GAD, Corballis contends, enables us to generate a limitless number of forms and meanings from a few parsed elements, providing the basis for language and manufacture as well as mathematics, reasoning, art, music, and play. Surveying current views of evolution and drawing evidence from archeology, linguistics, neurology, and genetics, Corballis takes us on a fascinating tour of the origins and implications of the structure of the human brain and the factors that account for the dominance of humanity over all species.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198024521
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/10/1993
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >