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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 06, J. Steven Mithen proves that we weren't the weird ejaculation of a supernatural force by showing how it was quite the opposite: religion and art and science, all of our favorite things sprang out of our long-developed cognitive fluidity when the time was just right to start anthropomorphizing things and hating Thog and Oog, the same-sex couple a few caves down.
The main argument, grounded in social psychology and child development science and a slew of other disciplines, is brought together in Mit Steven Mithen proves that we weren't the weird ejaculation of a supernatural force by showing how it was quite the opposite: religion and art and science, all of our favorite things sprang out of our long-developed cognitive fluidity when the time was just right to start anthropomorphizing things and hating Thog and Oog, the same-sex couple a few caves down.
The main argument, grounded in social psychology and child development science and a slew of other disciplines, is brought together in Mithen's estimation he's an archaeologist that it was a crossover of various modules of varying kinds of intelligence social, technical, Natural that led to consciousness that led to the modern mind. He uses the analogy of a swiss-army knife for this: early human brains had different separate functions that were used in different contexts; it was only when they call started to melt together, under various social and environmental pressures, that it became more of a centralized and highly adaptive mind that our predecessors possessed.
I'm no scientist. I can barely name the planets Earth, Mars Nevertheless I found Mithen's argument compelling. He uses the archaeological record read: what we DO know to back up this argument for the modular theory of mind and it's pretty darn neat, even if he's not always spot-on.
Books like this are also fun because they probably piss a lot of people off. I thought it was fun and a little wacky. Note: a must for the Planet of the Apes completist. View 1 comment. A second reading has persuaded me that it is a very significant piece of work.
This is in fact a remarkable book, whose central hypothesis is that three or four naturally occuring kinds of intelligence — visible in chimps, our nearest living relatives — evolved over about six million years.
Quite an achievement then. Certainly a significant and enduring contributing to our understanding of how we evolved. One of the best paleoanthropological books I've read in a long while.
It is well-written, but still easily understandable, and the argument is very compelling. Mithen tries to establish the way in which the modern human brain has evolved by looking at the different kinds of intelligence one may suppose that our ancestors as well as other human species had based on the current archaeological evidence. From there, he tries to explain why changes to our intelligence may have taken place, at what One of the best paleoanthropological books I've read in a long while.
From there, he tries to explain why changes to our intelligence may have taken place, at what time and in what species.
An excellent read for anyone interested in cognitive evolution, which is one of my favourite subjects. Highly recommended. Reviewed in parts as read. Overall premise and accomplishment admirable. One of Susan greenfield's favourite books. I learned so much from reading this book. Dec 28, Alvaro VN rated it it was amazing. A gloriously punchy little book which lays out Mithen's theory for the evolution of the modern mind.
I'm not someone who's in a position to pick a lot of holes in his reasoning, as my knowledge of science is truly deplorable. But it all gelled very well for me, logically. One gets a strong feeling for the sheer amount of time that Mithen has spent thinking about this issue, and he's clearly deeply passionate about his work. A pleasure to read from cover to cover; I've been left with a lot to mul A gloriously punchy little book which lays out Mithen's theory for the evolution of the modern mind.
A pleasure to read from cover to cover; I've been left with a lot to mull over. A very good, thought-provoking book, It's well written and in the end convincing in its central thesis. A very important reading! Still amazed by the amount of data that the author has managed to deal with. Lovely stile of writing too!
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Arqueología de la mente. Orígenes del arte, de la religión y de la ciencia
Cognitive fluidity is a term first popularly applied by Mithen in his book The Prehistory of the Mind , a search for the origins of Art, Religion and Science. The term cognitive fluidity describes how a modular primate mind has evolved into the modern human mind by combining different ways of processing knowledge and using tools to create a modern civilization. By arriving at original thoughts, which are often highly creative and rely on metaphor and analogy modern humans differ from archaic humans. As such, cognitive fluidity is a key element of the human attentive consciousness. The term has been principally used to contrast the mind of modern humans, especially those after 50, B. The latter appear to have had a mentality that was originally domain-specific in structure; a series of largely isolated cognitive domains for operating in the social, material, and natural worlds.
Arqueología de la mente (Spanish Edition)