Steven Mithen
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Philosophy of Mind
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Synopsis:
  • Four kinds of intelligence (four "modules" in the brain) evolved independently:
  • Social intelligence: the ability to deal with other humans
  • Natural-history intelligence: the ability to deal with the environment
  • Tool-using intelligence
  • Linguistic intelligence (language, metaphor and analogy)
  • The hunters-gatherers of pre-history were experts in all these domains, but those differente kinds of expertise did not mix
  • "Cognitive fluidity" caused the cultural explosion of art, technology, farming, religion, _
  • What caused cognitive fluidity?
  • Self-awareness may have integrated intelligences that for thousands of years had been kept separate.
  • Mitten's evolutionary theory mirrors Annette Karmiloff-Smith's theory of child development

(Copyright © 2005 Piero Scaruffi | Legal restrictions - Termini d'uso )