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

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Peter Carruthers, Andrew Chamberlain, Richard Samuels, Claire Hughes, Robert Plomin, Dominic Murphy, Stephen Stich, Pascal Boyer, Thomas Wynn, Gloria Origgi, Dan Sperber, David Papineau, Steven Mithen, Adam Morton, Robin Dunbar, Jim Hopkins
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  • Date Published: November 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521783316

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  • 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.

    • Excellent interdisciplinary team of contributors
    • Summarises work in a rapidly developing and controversial subject area
    • Addresses some of the fundamental questions concerning self-consciousness, beliefs and social behaviour
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    "...anthropological linguists who read it will be better informed about the deep questions, both historical and conceptual, that lurk behind their investigations of language and culture in the contemporary world." Anthropological Linguistics

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    • Date Published: November 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521783316
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    1. Introduction Peter Carruthers and Andrew Chamberlain
    2. Massively modular minds: evolutionary psychology and cognitive architecture Richard Samuels
    3. Individual differences in early understanding of mind: genes, non-shared environment and modularity Claire Hughes and Robert Plomin
    4. Darwin in the madhouse: evolutionary psychology and the classification of mental disorders Dominic Murphy and Stephen Stich
    5. Evolution of the modern mind and the origins of culture: religious concepts as a limiting case Pascal Boyer
    6. Symmetry and the evolution of the modular linguistic mind Thomas Wynn
    7. Evolution, communication and the proper function of language Gloria Origgi and Dan Sperber
    8. The evolution of knowledge David Papineau
    9. Mind, brain and material culture: an archaeological perspective Steven Mithen
    10. The evolution of strategic thinking Adam Morton
    11. On the origin of the human mind Robin Dunbar
    12. The evolution of consciousness Peter Carruthers
    13. Evolution, consciousness and the internality of the mind Jim Hopkins
    References
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    Peter Carruthers, University of Sheffield

    Andrew Chamberlain, University of Sheffield

    Contributors

    Peter Carruthers, Andrew Chamberlain, Richard Samuels, Claire Hughes, Robert Plomin, Dominic Murphy, Stephen Stich, Pascal Boyer, Thomas Wynn, Gloria Origgi, Dan Sperber, David Papineau, Steven Mithen, Adam Morton, Robin Dunbar, Jim Hopkins

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