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Recursive Mind

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ZusammenfassungChallenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. This book argues that what disti... Lire la suite
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Zusammenfassung
Challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. This book argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. It shows how the recursive mind was critical to survival in the harsh conditions of the Pleistocene epoch.



Auteur

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).



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"Corballis offers a novel synthesis of language, mental time travel, and theory of mind within an evolutionary perspective. The Recursive Mind is very well written for a general readership, but with lots of targeted references for experts."--Michael A. Arbib, coauthor of "The Construction of Reality"
"This is a wonderful book by an expert writer. Corballis tracks the importance of recursion in the context of language, theory of mind, and mental time travel, and concludes that its emergence explains much about how we became human. He proposes a novel answer to an enduring mystery. This book is a significant achievement."--Thomas Suddendorf, University of Queensland



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Challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. This book argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. It shows how the recursive mind was critical to survival in the harsh conditions of the Pleistocene epoch.

Contenu

Preface vii Chapter 1 What Is Recursion? 1 PART 1: Language 17 Chapter 2: Language and Recursion 19 Chapter 3: Do Animals Have Language? 36 Chapter 4: How Language Evolved from Hand to Mouth 55 PART 2: Mental Time Travel 81 Chapter 5: Reliving the Past 83 Chapter 6: About Time 100 Chapter 7: The Grammar of Time 112 PART 3: Theory of Mind 129 Chapter 8: Mind Reading 131 Chapter 9: Language and Mind 151 PART 4: Human Evolution 167 Chapter 10: The Recurring Question 169 Chapter 11: Becoming Human 181 Chapter 12: Becoming Modern 208 Chapter 13: Final Thoughts 221 Notes 227 References 253 Index 281

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Titre: Recursive Mind
Sous-titre: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization
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Code EAN: 9780691145471
ISBN: 978-0-691-14547-1
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Princeton University Press
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 291
Poids: 564g
Taille: H244mm x B167mm x T29mm
Année: 2011

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