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Recursive Mind The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization

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ISBN-10: 0691160945

ISBN-13: 9780691160948

Edition: 2014 (Revised)

Authors: Michael C. Corballis

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The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. "I think, therefore I am," is an example of recursive thought, because the thinker has inserted himself into his thought. Recursion enables us to conceive of our own minds and the minds of others. It also gives us the power of mental "time travel"--the ability to insert past experiences, or imagined future ones, into present consciousness.Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, animal behavior, anthropology,…    
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/27/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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) and "A Very Short Tour of the Mind: 21 Short Walks around the Human Brain".