Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition

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Harvard University Press, 1991 - Medical - 413 pages
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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.
  

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The book is an overlooked classic in popular books about how the mind works. Donald's core hypothesis is that the human brain has made great leaps forward as it has new means of storing information ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Organization of This Book
14
Darwin on Animal Intelligence
27
A Multidisciplinary Puzzle
42
Neuropsychological Aspects of Evolution
58
The Case of Brother John
82
The Chronology of Anatomical and Cultural Change
95
A Recent Innovation
115
Episodic Culture
124
From Episodic to Mimetic Culture
162
From Mimetic to Mythic Culture
201
External Symbolic Storage
269
Consciousness and Indeterminacy
361
References
385
Acknowledgments
403
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Merlin Donald is Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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