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Modernity and Infinity

John F. Hoffecker

in Landscape of the Mind: Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147040
eISBN:
9780231518482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147040.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Human beings can transcend their existence by communicating thoughts that will persist even after death. An individual's ideas may be communicated by oral tradition, as well as in writing, print, or ... More


Modern Humans and the Super-Brain

John F. Hoffecker

in Landscape of the Mind: Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147040
eISBN:
9780231518482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147040.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter focuses on the development of the modern mind. Early signs of modernity were limited to polished bone awls and simple geometric designs, and then gradually expanded into paintings, ... More


Mindscapes of the Postglacial Epoch

John F. Hoffecker

in Landscape of the Mind: Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147040
eISBN:
9780231518482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147040.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter analyzes the development of the super-brain, which brought forth a new phenomenon that functions above the level of an individual organism's brain. The advancement of language and other ... More


The Vision Animal

John F. Hoffecker

in Landscape of the Mind: Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147040
eISBN:
9780231518482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147040.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter looks at how humans have developed two features related to the coded information stored in neural networks that made them unique among all living organisms. First, humans have developed ... More


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