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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
Creator
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. - Publisher's Description
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DLC
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Corballis, Michael C
Dewey number
155.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF701
LC item number
.C665 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Language and languages
  • Thought and thinking
  • Cognition and culture
  • Human evolution
  • Brain
  • Language
  • Biological Evolution
  • Brain
  • Thinking
Label
The recursive mind : the origins of human language, thought, and civilization, Michael C. Corballis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is recursion? -- Language and recursion -- Do animals have language? -- How language evolved from hand to mouth -- Reliving the past -- About time -- The grammar of time -- Mind reading -- Language and mind -- The recurring question -- Becoming human -- Becoming modern -- Final thoughts
Control code
670238275
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 291 pages
Isbn
9780691145471
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010043084
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)670238275
Label
The recursive mind : the origins of human language, thought, and civilization, Michael C. Corballis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is recursion? -- Language and recursion -- Do animals have language? -- How language evolved from hand to mouth -- Reliving the past -- About time -- The grammar of time -- Mind reading -- Language and mind -- The recurring question -- Becoming human -- Becoming modern -- Final thoughts
Control code
670238275
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 291 pages
Isbn
9780691145471
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010043084
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)670238275

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