Origins Of The Modern Mind

Autore: Merlin Donald
Editore: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674644847
Grandezza: 36,21 MB
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Vista: 1594

This bold and brilliant book asks the ultimate question of life sciences: How did the human mind acquire its incomparable power? Origins of the Modern Mind traces the evolution of human culture and cognition from primitive apes to the era of artificial intelligence, and presents an original theory of how the human mind evolved from its presymbolic form. Illustrated with line drawings.

From Myth To Modern Mind

Autore: Richard H. Schlagel
ISBN: 9780820426723
Grandezza: 36,42 MB
Formato: PDF, Docs
Vista: 6366

From Myth To The Modern Mind

Autore: Richard H. Schlagel
Grandezza: 48,11 MB
Formato: PDF, Docs
Vista: 2833

Brain Mind And Internet

Autore: D. Staley
Editore: Springer
ISBN: 1137460954
Grandezza: 47,57 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Docs
Vista: 1229

This essay places the emerging brain-Internet interface within a broad historical context: that the Internet represents merely the next stage in a very long history of human cognition whereby the brain couples with symbolic technologies. Understanding this 'deep history' provides a way to imagine the future of brain-Internet cognition.

The Mind Has No Sex

Autore: Londa Schiebinger
Editore: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674576254
Grandezza: 77,19 MB
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Vista: 1132

A reexamination of the origins of modern science; discovers a forgotten heritage of women scientists and probes the cultural and historical forces that continue to shape the course of scientific scholarship and knowledge.

Soul Machine The Invention Of The Modern Mind

Autore: George Makari
Editore: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393248690
Grandezza: 30,75 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Vista: 503

A brilliant and comprehensive history of the creation of the modern Western mind. Soul Machine takes us back to the origins of modernity, a time when a crisis in religious authority and the scientific revolution led to searching questions about the nature of human inner life. This is the story of how a new concept—the mind—emerged as a potential solution, one that was part soul and part machine, but fully neither. In this groundbreaking work, award-winning historian George Makari shows how writers, philosophers, physicians, and anatomists worked to construct notions of the mind as not an ethereal thing, but a natural one. From the ascent of Oliver Cromwell to the fall of Napoleon, seminal thinkers like Hobbes, Locke, Diderot, and Kant worked alongside often-forgotten brain specialists, physiologists, and alienists in the hopes of mapping the inner world. Conducted in a cauldron of political turmoil, these frequently shocking, always embattled efforts would give rise to psychiatry, mind sciences such as phrenology, and radically new visions of the self. Further, they would be crucial to the establishment of secular ethics and political liberalism. Boldly original, wide-ranging, and brilliantly synthetic, Soul Machine gives us a masterful, new account of the making of the modern Western mind.

The Social Brain

Autore: Richard Crisp
Editore: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472120248
Grandezza: 15,14 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub
Vista: 5659

Is conflict caused by an inherently hostile human nature? Are efforts to promote peaceful co-existence fated to fail? Is the story of human history destined to play out a clash of civilizations? These are the questions framing contemporary debate over diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. The Social Brain provides an entirely new psychological perspective on this debate. It argues that diversity is critical to our very survival as a species; that contact with different cultures was, and is, the essential element that fuels our creativity, innovation and growth. It asserts that diversity was the key to our intellectual evolution and will be integral to helping us tackle the most pressing social, political and economic concerns of our time. The Social Brain ties the origins of the modern mind to the evolution of human society, and provides an entirely new insight into how we can harness the ingenuity and invention that reside within us all.

Nature And Experience In The Culture Of Delusion

Autore: D. Kidner
Editore: Springer
ISBN: 0230391362
Grandezza: 30,23 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 9538

While the historical development of symbolic power has benefitted humanity enormously, there is an insidious and seldom recognised price that goes beyond environmental degradation and cultural disintegration. With insights from both social and natural sciences, this book explores the changing character of subjectivity in contemporary life.

Nature And Experience In The Culture Of Delusion

Autore: David W. Kidner
Editore: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230308481
Grandezza: 63,55 MB
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Vista: 8198

Industrialism has alienated us from nature, disconnected us from our own embodiment, and blinded us the character of the technological society we have ourselves produced. This book brings together ideas and research from both social and natural sciences to throw light on the hidden dimensions of industrial life, showing how the emerging global economic system has dissolved our embodied subjectivity into industrial processes. The symbolic abilities that have allowed us to dominate all other creatures have now entrapped us within systems that we do not understand and have little control over, making us as vulnerable to the extension of economic and technological ideologies as our ancestors were to the natural threats that surrounded them. If we are to regain our humanity and integrity, the essential first step, outlined in this book, is to recognise and challenge the sources of our own powerlessness.

The Prehistory Of The Mind

Autore: Steven J. Mithen
Editore: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 9780500281000
Grandezza: 58,80 MB
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Vista: 7879

Uses prehistoric artifacts to develop a theory about how human intelligence has evolved

Origins Of Intelligence

Autore: Sue Taylor Parker
Editore: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421410419
Grandezza: 30,81 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 3055

Since Darwin's time, comparative psychologists have searched for a good way to compare cognition in humans and nonhuman primates. In Origins of Intelligence, Sue Parker and Michael McKinney offer such a framework and make a strong case for using human development theory (both Piagetian and neo-Piagetian) to study the evolution of intelligence across primate species. Their approach is comprehensive, covering a broad range of social, symbolic, physical, and logical domains, which fall under the all-encompassing and much-debated term intelligence. A widely held theory among developmental psychologists and social and biological anthropologists is that cognitive evolution in humans has occurred through juvenilization—the gradual accentuation and lengthening of childhood in the evolutionary process. In this work, however, Parker and McKinney argue instead that new stages were added at the end of cognitive development in our hominid ancestors, coining the term adultification by terminal extension to explain this process. Drawing evidence from scores of studies on monkeys, great apes, and human children, this book provides unique insights into ontogenetic constraints that have interacted with selective forces to shape the evolution of cognitive development in our lineage.

Law And The Modern Mind

Autore: Susanna L. Blumenthal
Editore: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674495535
Grandezza: 70,99 MB
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Vista: 991

Headline-grabbing murders are not the only cases in which sanity has been disputed in the American courtroom. Susanna Blumenthal traces this litigation, revealing how ideas of human consciousness, agency, and responsibility have shaped American jurisprudence as judges struggled to reconcile Enlightenment rationality with new sciences of the mind.

Landscape Of The Mind

Autore: John F. Hoffecker
Editore: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023151848X
Grandezza: 11,92 MB
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Vista: 8166

In Landscape of the Mind, John F. Hoffecker explores the origin and growth of the human mind, drawing on archaeology, history, and the fossil record. He suggests that, as an indirect result of bipedal locomotion, early humans developed a feedback relationship among their hands, brains, and tools that evolved into the capacity to externalize thoughts in the form of shaped stone objects. When anatomically modern humans evolved a parallel capacity to externalize thoughts as symbolic language, individual brains within social groups became integrated into a "neocortical Internet," or super-brain, giving birth to the mind. Noting that archaeological traces of symbolism coincide with evidence of the ability to generate novel technology, Hoffecker contends that human creativity, as well as higher order consciousness, is a product of the superbrain. He equates the subsequent growth of the mind with human history, which began in Africa more than 50,000 years ago. As anatomically modern humans spread across the globe, adapting to a variety of climates and habitats, they redesigned themselves technologically and created alternative realities through tools, language, and art. Hoffecker connects the rise of civilization to a hierarchical reorganization of the super-brain, triggered by explosive population growth. Subsequent human history reflects to varying degrees the suppression of the mind's creative powers by the rigid hierarchies of nationstates and empires, constraining the further accumulation of knowledge. The modern world emerged after 1200 from the fragments of the Roman Empire, whose collapse had eliminated a central authority that could thwart innovation. Hoffecker concludes with speculation about the possibility of artificial intelligence and the consequences of a mind liberated from its organic antecedents to exist in an independent, nonbiological form.

The Complex Mind

Autore: David McFarland
Editore: Springer
ISBN: 0230354459
Grandezza: 77,17 MB
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Vista: 4078

Combining the study of animal minds, artificial minds, and human evolution, this book examine the advances made by comparative psychologists in explaining the intelligent behaviour of primates, the design of artificial autonomous systems and the cognitive products of language evolution.

Anthropology For Dummies

Autore: Cameron M. Smith
Editore: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470507691
Grandezza: 80,14 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Vista: 995

Covers the latest competing theories in the field Get a handle on the fundamentals of biological and cultural anthropology When did the first civilizations arise? How many human languages exist? The answers are found in anthropology - and this friendly guide explains its concepts in clear detail. You'll see how anthropology developed as a science, what it tells us about our ancestors, and how it can help with some of the hot-button issues our world is facing today. Discover: How anthropologists learn about the past Humanity's earliest activities, from migration to civilization Why our language differs from other animal communication How to find a career in anthropology

Reading In A Participatory Culture

Autore: Henry Jenkins
Editore: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807771252
Grandezza: 56,72 MB
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Vista: 819

Building on the groundbreaking research of the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning initiative, this book crosses the divide between digital literacies and traditional print culture to engage a generation of students who can read with a book in one hand and a mouse in the other. Reading in a Participatory Culture tells the story of an innovative experiment that brought together playwright and director Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, Melville scholar Wyn Kelley, and new media scholar Henry Jenkins to develop an exciting new curriculum to reshape the middle- and high-school English language arts classroom. This book offers highlights from the resources developed for teaching Herman Melvilles Moby-Dick and outlines basic principles of design, implementation, and assessment that can be applied to any text.

The Origins Of Modern Science

Autore: Herbert Butterfield
Editore: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684836378
Grandezza: 22,67 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub
Vista: 1274

The Supraconscience Of Humanity

Autore: Edward H. Strauch
Editore: University Press of America
ISBN: 0761851615
Grandezza: 29,82 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Vista: 6388

Humankind evolved through three psychological stages - subconscience, conscience and supraconscience. Ritual and myth, cosmology and theism marked phases of psychic integration, initiating our supraconscience evolution. Secular and humanistic developments reveal themselves to be the primary powers accelerating human evolution. Together, they have nurtured humankind's ever-evolving supraconscience.

Prefiguring Cyberculture

Autore: Darren Tofts
Editore: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262701082
Grandezza: 15,69 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 601

A multidisciplinary compilation of essays and other writings explores the antecedents of Internet technology in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Mary Shelley, William Gibson, and others. (Technology)

The Routledge Companion To Semiotics And Linguistics

Autore: Paul Cobley
Editore: Routledge
ISBN: 1134545479
Grandezza: 20,28 MB
Formato: PDF, Mobi
Vista: 139

The Routledge Companion to Semiotics and Linguistics opens up the world of semiotics and linguistics for newcomers to the discipline, and provides a useful ready-reference for the more advanced student.