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The Prehistory of the Mind By Steven Mithen

The Prehistory of the Mind by Steven Mithen

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This study applies the insights of archaeology to some of the most contentious issues in human evolution. In the 1980s a modular concept of the mind was put forward which sees the mind as a collection of specialized modules. This work seeks to answer the questions raised by this theory.

The Prehistory of the Mind Summary

The Prehistory of the Mind: A Search for the Origins of Art, Religion and Science by Steven Mithen

This study applies the insights of archaeology to some of the most fundamental and contentious issues in human evolution. Since the 1980s a modular concept of the mind has been put forward which likens the mind to a Swiss Army knife with its collection of specialist blades and tools - the mind is seen as a collection of specialized "intelligences" or modules, each suited for a specific purpose. The study seeks to answer the questions raised by this new theory such as "How many modules are there and how do they connect?", "How can one account for human creativity and imagination?" and "How could such a mind have evolved?". It argues that only archaeology can provide the long-term perspective necessary to understand the origins of the modern mind. It shows how the world of our ancestors has shaped the modern mind and offers a challenging explanation of what it means to be human.

About Steven Mithen

Steven Mithen is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading. His other books include The Singing Neanderthals and Thoughtful Foragers: A Study of Prehistoric Decision Making.

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GOR001965554
9780500050811
0500050813
The Prehistory of the Mind: A Search for the Origins of Art, Religion and Science by Steven Mithen
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
1996-10-07
288
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