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The Resource The Recursive Mind : the Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization, Michael C. Corballis

The Recursive Mind : the Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization, Michael C. Corballis

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The Recursive Mind : the Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization
Title
The Recursive Mind
Title remainder
the Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization
Statement of responsibility
Michael C. Corballis
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions
Biographical or historical data
Michael C. Corballis is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His books include From Hand to Mouth: The Origins of Language (Princeton) and A Very Short Tour of the Mind: 21 Short Walks around the Human Brain.
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DEGRU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Corballis, Michael C
Dewey number
155.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
BF701
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Beyin
  • Brain
  • Dil ve diller
  • Family and Relationships
  • Language and languages
  • Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Thought and thinking
  • Brain
  • Language and languages
Label
The Recursive Mind : the Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization, Michael C. Corballis
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 3. Do Animals Have Language?
  • Chapter 4. How Language Evolved from Hand to Mouth
  • Part 2
  • Mental Time Travel
  • Chapter 5. Reliving the Past
  • Chapter 6. About Time
  • Chapter 7. The Grammar of Time
  • Part 3
  • Theory of Mind
  • Chapter 8. Mind Reading
  • Frontmatter
  • Chapter 9. Language and Mind
  • Part 4
  • Human Evolution
  • Chapter 10. The Recurring Question
  • Chapter 11. Becoming Human
  • Chapter 12. Becoming Modern
  • Chapter 13. Final Thoughts
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Foreword to the Paperback Edition
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. What Is Recursion?
  • Part 1
  • Language
  • Chapter 2. Language and Recursion
Control code
984545574
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (312 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691160948
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400851492
Other physical details
illustrations
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)984545574
Label
The Recursive Mind : the Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization, Michael C. Corballis
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 3. Do Animals Have Language?
  • Chapter 4. How Language Evolved from Hand to Mouth
  • Part 2
  • Mental Time Travel
  • Chapter 5. Reliving the Past
  • Chapter 6. About Time
  • Chapter 7. The Grammar of Time
  • Part 3
  • Theory of Mind
  • Chapter 8. Mind Reading
  • Frontmatter
  • Chapter 9. Language and Mind
  • Part 4
  • Human Evolution
  • Chapter 10. The Recurring Question
  • Chapter 11. Becoming Human
  • Chapter 12. Becoming Modern
  • Chapter 13. Final Thoughts
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Foreword to the Paperback Edition
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. What Is Recursion?
  • Part 1
  • Language
  • Chapter 2. Language and Recursion
Control code
984545574
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (312 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691160948
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400851492
Other physical details
illustrations
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)984545574

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