9780521783316

Evolution and the Human Mind: Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognition

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521783316

  • ISBN10:

    0521783313

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-11-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

How did our minds evolve? Can evolutionary considerations illuminate the question of the basic architecture of the human mind? These are two of the main questions addressed in Evolution and the Human Mind by a distinguished interdisciplinary team of philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and archaeologists. The volume will be of great interest to all researchers and students interested in the evolution and nature of the mind.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
xi
Preface xiii
Introduction
1(12)
Peter Carruthers
Andrew Chamberlain
Massively modular minds: evolutionary psychology and cognitive architecture
13(34)
Richard Samuels
Individual differences in early understanding of mind: genes, non-shared environment and modularity
47(15)
Claire Hughes
Robert Plomin
Darwin in the madhouse: evolutionary psychology and the classification of mental disorders
62(31)
Dominic Murphy
Stephen Stich
Evolution of the modern mind and the origins of culture: religious concepts as a limiting-case
93(20)
Pascal Boyer
Symmetry and the evolution of the modular linguistic mind
113(27)
Thomas Wynn
Evolution, communication and the proper function of language
140(30)
Gloria Origgi
Dan Sperber
The evolution of knowledge
170(37)
David Papineau
Mind, brain and material culture: an archaeological perspective
207(11)
Steven Mithen
The evolution of strategic thinking
218(20)
Adam Morton
On the origin of the human mind
238(16)
Robin Dunbar
The evolution of consciousness
254(22)
Peter Carruthers
Evolution, consciousness and the internality of the mind
276(23)
Jim Hopkins
References 299(23)
Author Index 322(6)
Subject index 328

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