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How Homo Became Sapiens: On the evolution of thinking

Peter Gardenfors

Abstract

Our ability to think is one of our most puzzling characteristics. What would it be like to be unable to think? What would it be like to lack self-awareness? The complexity of this activity is striking. Thinking involves the interaction of a range of mental processes — attention, emotion, memory, planning, self-consciousness, free will, and language. So where did these processes arise? What evolutionary advantages were bestowed upon those with an ability to deceive, to plan, to empathize, or to understand the intentions of others? In this compelling work, the author embarks on an evolutionary d ... More

Keywords: thinking, memory, planning, self-consciousness, free will, language, evolution, cognitive processes, mindreading, cave paintings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198528517
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528517.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Gardenfors, author
Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Lund, Sweden