The Recursive Mind

Author: Michael C. Corballis
Editor: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691160945
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The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. "I think, therefore I am," is an example of recursive thought, because the thinker has inserted himself into his thought. Recursion enables us to conceive of our own minds and the minds of others. It also gives us the power of mental "time travel"--the ability to insert past experiences, or imagined future ones, into present consciousness. Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, animal behavior, anthropology, and archaeology, Corballis demonstrates how these recursive structures led to the emergence of language and speech, which ultimately enabled us to share our thoughts, plan with others, and reshape our environment to better reflect our creative imaginations. He shows how the recursive mind was critical to survival in the harsh conditions of the Pleistocene epoch, and how it evolved to foster social cohesion. He traces how language itself adapted to recursive thinking, first through manual gestures, then later, with the emergence of Homo sapiens, vocally. Toolmaking and manufacture arose, and the application of recursive principles to these activities in turn led to the complexities of human civilization, the extinction of fellow large-brained hominins like the Neandertals, and our species' supremacy over the physical world.
The Recursive Mind
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Michael C. Corballis
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-27 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. "I think, therefore I am,"
The Recursive Mind
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Michael C. Corballis
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-27 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. "I think, therefore I am,"
The Recursive Mind
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Michael Corballis
Categories: Human-computer interaction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014 - Publisher:

The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. "I think, therefore I am,"
A Very Short Tour of the Mind
Language: en
Pages: 112
Authors: Michael C. Corballis
Categories: Brain
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-25 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

What gives the human brain the creative ability that defines us all as individuals? Although the silicon version is hard on its heels, the brain remains the most remarkable computer in existence. Over a series of differently themed excursions into the workings of the mind, Michael Corballis leads us down
Cultural Psychology of Recursive Processes
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Zachary Beckstead
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-01 - Publisher: IAP

Cultural Psychology of Recursivity illustrates how recursivity, often neglected in the social sciences, can be an important concept for illuminating meaning-making processes. Recusrivity is a fascinating though abstract concept with a wide array of often incompatible definitions. Rooted in mathematics and linguistics, this book brings recursion and recursive processes to