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Brief History of the Mind From Apes to Intellect and Beyond

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ISBN-10: 0195182480

ISBN-13: 9780195182484

Edition: N/A

Authors: William H. Calvin

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This book looks back at the simpler versions of mental life in apes, Neanderthals, and our ancestors, back before our burst of creativity started 50,000 years ago. When you can't think about the future in much detail, you are trapped in a here-and-now existence with no "What if?" and "Why me?" William H. Calvin takes stock of what we have now and then explains why we are nearing a crossroads, where mind shifts gears again. The mind's big bang came long after our brain size stopped enlarging. Calvin suggests that the development of long sentences--what modern children do in their third year--was the most likely trigger. To keep a half-dozen concepts from blending together like a summer…    
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.19" wide x 5.39" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

William H. Calvin is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. His books include The Cerebral Code (MIT Press, 1996).

Preface
Some Stage-setting Perspective
When Chimpanzees Think: The way we were, 7 million years ago?
Upright Posture but Ape-sized Brains: In the woodland between forest and savanna
Triple Startups about 2.5 Million Years Ago: Flickering climate, toolmaking, and bigger brains
Homo erectus Ate Well: Adding more meat to the diet fueled the first Out of Africa
The Second Brain Boom: What kicked in, about 750,000 years ago?
Neanderthals and Our Pre-sapiens Ancestors: Two-stage toolmaking and what it says about thought
Homo sapiens without the Modern Mind: The big brain but not much to show for it
Structured Thought Finally Appears: The curb-cut principle and emerging higher intellectual function
From Africa to Everywhere: Was the still-full-of-bugs prototype what spread around the world?
How Creativity Manages the Mixups: Higher intellectual function and the search for coherence
Civilizing Ourselves: From planting to writing to mind medicine
What's Sudden About the Mind's Big Bang?: The moderns somehow got their act together
Imagining the House of Cards: Inventing new levels of organization on the fly
The Future of the Augmented Mind: A combustible mixture of ignorance and power?
Afterword
Recommended Reading
Notes