The Prehistory of the Mind

The Prehistory of the Mind

Uses prehistoric artifacts to develop a theory about how human intelligence has evolved

Author: Steven J. Mithen

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500281009

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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Uses prehistoric artifacts to develop a theory about how human intelligence has evolved
Categories: Psychology

Prehistory

Prehistory

The book closes with a fascinating chapter on the transition from Prehistory to History, on early writing systems.

Author: Colin Renfrew

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780225814

Category: History

Page: 272

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A brief and original prehistory of the world Prehistory covers human existence before written records, i.e. most of human existence. But it also refers to the discipline through which we scrutinize prehistoric times. PREHISTORY begins by looking at the discovery of a remote human past and the subsequent dramatic growth of the study of prehistory: early archaeology; geology; Darwin's ideas of evolution; cave paintings; fossil discoveries of human ancestors; museums and collections; radiocarbon dating and DNA analysis. Renfrew challenges the conventional assumption of an all-important 'human revolution' 40,000 years ago - when Homo Sapiens first appeared in Europe - and suggests that the key developments were much later. The author's case-studies range widely, from Orkney to the Balkans, from the Indus Valley to Peru, from Ireland to China, and provide fresh insights on landmark monuments such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, Stonehenge and the sacrificial burial pyramids at Teotihuacan in Mexico. The book closes with a fascinating chapter on the transition from Prehistory to History, on early writing systems.
Categories: History

The Prehistory of the Mind

The Prehistory of the Mind

Author: Steven J. Mithen

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1036806094

Category: Art, Prehistoric

Page: 288

View: 518

Categories: Art, Prehistoric

A Prehistory of Mind

A Prehistory of Mind

Whether you're a current or potential Aldiss fan, you'll enjoy the range, vigor and intimate self-portrait of these poems. This self-revealing volume allows readers to

Author: Brian Wilson Aldiss

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015076115354

Category: Poetry

Page: 71

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Poetry. Award-winning SF author Brian Aldiss ventures into new territory with this, his first, full-length poetry collection. Named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000, Aldiss authored The Saliva Tree, the Helliconia series, Trillion Year Spree, and Jocasta-books beloved to SF lovers everywhere. Three of his works have been adapted to the big screen, including Spielberg's 2001 film AI: Artificial Intelligence. Whether you're a current or potential Aldiss fan, you'll enjoy the range, vigor and intimate self-portrait of these poems. This self-revealing volume allows readers to
Categories: Poetry

Land of the Ilich

Land of the Ilich

In this book he introduces the sites and monuments and tells the story of the island's people from the earliest stone age hunter-gatherers to those who lived in townships and in the grandeur of Islay House.

Author: Stephen Mithen

Publisher:

ISBN: 1912476827

Category:

Page: 576

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As an archaeologist, Steven Mithen has worked on the Hebridean island of Islay over a period of many years. In this book he introduces the sites and monuments and tells the story of the island's people from the earliest stone age hunter-gatherers to those who lived in townships and in the grandeur of Islay House. He visits the tombs of Neolithic farmers, forts of Iron Age chiefs and castles of medieval warlords, discovers where Bronze Age gold was found, treacherous plots were made against the Scottish crown, and explores the island of today, which was forged more recently by those who mined for lead, grew flax, fished for herring and distilled whisky - the industry for which the island is best known today.Although an island history, this is far from an insular story: Islay has always been at a cultural crossroads, receiving a constant influx of new people and new ideas, making it a microcosm for the story of Scotland, Britain and beyond.
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The Prehistory of Language

The Prehistory of Language

'When, why, and how did language evolve?' 'Why do only humans have language?' This book looks at these and other questions about the origins and evolution of language.

Author: Rudolf Botha

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191562877

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

View: 545

'When, why, and how did language evolve?' 'Why do only humans have language?' This book looks at these and other questions about the origins and evolution of language. It does so via a rich diversity of perspectives, including social, cultural, archaeological, palaeoanthropological, musicological, anatomical, neurobiological, primatological, and linguistic. Among the subjects it considers are: how far sociality is a prerequisite for language; the evolutionary links between language and music; the relation between natural selection and niche construction; the origins of the lexicon; the role of social play in language development; the use of signs by great apes; the evolution of syntax; the evolutionary biology of language; the insights offered by Chomsky's biolinguistic approach to mind and language; the emergence of recursive language; the selectional advantages of the human vocal tract; and why women speak better than men. The authors, drawn from all over the world, are prominent linguists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, archaeologists, primatologists, social anthropologists, and specialists in artificial intelligence. As well as explaining what is understood about the evolution of language, they look squarely at the formidable obstacles to knowing more - the absence of direct evidence, for example; the problems of using indirect evidence; the lack of a common conception of language; confusion about the operation of natural selection and other processes of change; the scope for misunderstanding in a multi-disciplinary field, and many more. Despite these difficulties, the authors in their stylish and readable contributions to this book are able to show just how much has been achieved in this most fruitful and fascinating area of research in the social, natural, and cognitive sciences.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Water Life and Civilisation

Water  Life and Civilisation

The volume provides a new approach and new methods that can be applied for exploring the relationships between climate, hydrology and human society in arid and semi-arid regions throughout the world.

Author: Steven Mithen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521769574

Category: Science

Page: 520

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A unique interdisciplinary study of the relationships between climate, hydrology and human society from 20,000 years ago to the present day within the Jordan Valley. It describes how state-of-the-art models can simulate the past, present and future climates of the Near East, reviews and provides new evidence for environmental change from geological deposits, builds hydrological models for the River Jordan and associated wadis and explains how present day urban and rural communities manage their water supply. The volume provides a new approach and new methods that can be applied for exploring the relationships between climate, hydrology and human society in arid and semi-arid regions throughout the world. It is an invaluable reference for researchers and advanced students concerned with the impacts of climate change and hydrology on human society, especially in the Near East.
Categories: Science

Horizon

Horizon

In the well-illustrated chapters of this book, based on the recent conference held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge, international scholars including leading Greek archaeologists offer new information about ...

Author: Giorgos Gavalas

Publisher: McDonald Inst of Archeological

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131747516

Category: History

Page: 540

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The Cycladic Islands of Greece played a central role in Aegean prehistory, and many new discoveries have been made in recent years at sites ranging in date from the Mesolithic period to the end of the Bronze Age. In the well-illustrated chapters of this book, based on the recent conference held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge, international scholars including leading Greek archaeologists offer new information about recent developments, many arising from hitherto unpublished excavations. The book contains novel theoretical insights into the workings of culture process in the prehistoric cultures of the islands. It will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars interested in the prehistory of the Aegean and in the contributions made to its development by the prehistoric inhabitants of the Cyclades.
Categories: History

The Prehistory of Cognitive Science

The Prehistory of Cognitive Science

With contributions from leading figures, this book traces the philosophical roots behind contemporary understandings of cognition.

Author: Andrew Brook

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230013392

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Featuring contributions from leading figures such as Noam Chomsky, Don Ross, Andrew Brook and Patricia Kitcher, this book traces the philosophical roots behind contemporary understandings of cognition, forming both a convincing case for the centrality of philosophy to the history of neuroscience and cognitive psychology, as well as a revealing insight into the way in which ideas have developed, influenced and ultimately moulded our modern view of the mind
Categories: Philosophy

Handbook of Cognitive Archaeology

Handbook of Cognitive Archaeology

This seminal volume opens the field of cognitive archaeology to scholars across the behavioral sciences.

Author: Tracy B. Henley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429950032

Category: Psychology

Page: 546

View: 768

The remains that archaeologists uncover reveal ancient minds at work as much as ancient hands, and for decades many have sought a better way of understanding those minds. This understanding is at the forefront of cognitive archaeology, a discipline that believes that a greater application of psychological theory to archaeology will further our understanding of the evolution of the human mind. Bringing together a diverse range of experts including archaeologists, psychologists, anthropologists, biologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, historians, and philosophers, in one comprehensive volume, this accessible and illuminating book is an important resource for students and researchers exploring how the application of cognitive archaeology can significantly and meaningfully deepen their knowledge of early and ancient humans. This seminal volume opens the field of cognitive archaeology to scholars across the behavioral sciences.
Categories: Psychology

The Singing Neanderthals

The Singing Neanderthals

In THE SINGING NEANDERTHALS, Steven Mithen redresses the balance, drawing on a huge range of sources, from neurological case studies through child psychology and the communication systems of non-human primates to the latest ...

Author: Steven Mithen

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780222585

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 788

A fascinating and incisive examination of our language instinct from award-winning science writer Steven Mithen. Along with the concepts of consciousness and intelligence, our capacity for language sits right at the core of what makes us human. But while the evolutionary origins of language have provoked speculation and impassioned debate, music has been neglected if not ignored. Like language it is a universal feature of human culture, one that is a permanent fixture in our daily lives. In THE SINGING NEANDERTHALS, Steven Mithen redresses the balance, drawing on a huge range of sources, from neurological case studies through child psychology and the communication systems of non-human primates to the latest paleoarchaeological evidence. The result is a fascinating and provocative work and a succinct riposte to those, like Steven Pinker, who have dismissed music as a functionless and unimportant evolutionary byproduct.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Ritual Play and Belief in Evolution and Early Human Societies

Ritual  Play  and Belief in Evolution and Early Human Societies

This book presents unique new insights into the development of human ritual and society through our heritage of play and performance.

Author: Colin Renfrew

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107143562

Category: Social Science

Page: 350

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The origins of religion and ritual in humans have been the focus of centuries of thought in archaeology, anthropology, theology, evolutionary psychology and more. Play and ritual have many aspects in common, and ritual is a key component of the early cult practices that underlie the religious systems of the first complex societies in all parts of the world. This book examines the formative cults and the roots of religious practice from the earliest times until the development of early religion in the Near East, in China, in Peru, in Mesoamerica and beyond. Here, leading prehistorians and other specialists bring a fresh approach to the early practices that underlie the faiths and religions of the world. They demonstrate the profound role of play ritual and belief systems and offer powerful new insights into the emergence of early civilization.
Categories: Social Science

Adam Apes and Anthropology

Adam  Apes and Anthropology

221-223 60. Steven Mithen, The Prehistory of the Mind, (New York: Thames & Hudson, 1996), p. 16 61. Steven Mithen,The Prehistory of the Mind, ...

Author: Glenn R. Morton

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781387478576

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Modelling the Early Human Mind

Modelling the Early Human Mind

Mapping the Mind : Domain Specificity in Cognition and Culture . Cambridge :
Cambridge ... Thoughtful Foragers : a Study of Prehistoric Decision Making .
Cambridge ... The Prehistory of the Mind : a Search for the Origins of Art ,
Religion and ...

Author: Paul Mellars

Publisher: David Brown Book Company

ISBN: STANFORD:36105019498828

Category: Medical

Page: 229

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A volume of papers from a conference held by the McDonald Institute in Cambridge, 1993. The aim of the conference was to address key issues in the development of intelligence and cognitive capacities though the course of human evolution. It did this by invoking theoretical perspectives from a broad range of relevant disciplines - psychology, ethology and primate behaviour, neurology, child development, artificial intelligence and, of course, archaeology. The volume contains the papers presented at the conference, revised and updated in the light of post-conference discussions. It provides the most comprehensive review available of current approaches to 'modelling' the evolution of intelligence and congnition in early human popoulations. Seventeen papers by Colin Renfrew, Richard W. Byrne, Robert A. Foley, Steven Mithen, J. A. J. Gowlett, Frederic Joulian, James Russell, Christopher Longuet-Higgins, David Erdal, Andrew Whiten, P. C. Lee, Peter G. Grossenbacher, K. A. Robson Brown, Leslie C. Aiello, Elizabeth Whitcombe, Angela C. Roberts, Peter Collins and Trevor W. Robbins.
Categories: Medical

An Exploration of Prehistoric Ontologies in the Bering Strait Region

An Exploration of Prehistoric Ontologies in the Bering Strait Region

This book introduces readers to the belief and symbolism present in the prehistoric art of the Bering Strait region.

Author: Feng Qu

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527557529

Category: Art, Prehistoric

Page: 245

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This book introduces readers to the belief and symbolism present in the prehistoric art of the Bering Strait region. For about a century, the archaeology of this area has mainly focused on material, economic, and technological perspectives, leaving studies of prehistoric spirituality, religion, and cosmology to be under-conceptualized. This text questions the nature of materiality, and the relationship between it and spirituality. It employs an analytical and methodological approach located within the frameworks of practice theory and animist ontologies to open up thought-provoking avenues for interpretive possibility. This book also provides new knowledge about the prehistoric material culture of ancient Inuit people, and offers an assessment of contemporary archaeological theories, such as cognitive archaeology, structural archaeology, and shamanism theory, in order to examine the reliability of these theories in the studies of prehistoric art. According to the ontological trend which has constituted a powerful challenge to traditional nature/culture and body/mind dichotomies, this book reconsiders prehistoric Inuit cultures, providing an analysis of therianthropic motifs on prehistoric ivories to explore potential shamanism within ontological and cosmological structures.
Categories: Art, Prehistoric

The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences

The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences

The Prehistory of the Mind: A Search for the Origins of Art, Science and Religion. London: Thames and Hudson. Mithen, S. (1996b). The supernatural beings of ...

Author: Robert Andrew Wilson

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262731444

Category: Psychology

Page: 964

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A landmark, comprehensive reference work that represents the methodological and theoretical diversity of this changing field.
Categories: Psychology

Phylogenetic Methods and the Prehistory of Languages

Phylogenetic Methods and the Prehistory of Languages

But which phylogenetic methods are best suited to retracing the evolution of languages? And which types of language data are most informative about deep prehistory? In this book, leading specialists engage with these key questions.

Author: Peter Forster

Publisher: McDonald Inst of Archeological

ISBN: UOM:39015064687166

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

View: 156

Evolutionary ('phylogenetic') trees were first used to infer lost histories nearly two centuries ago by manuscript scholars reconstructing original texts. Today, computer methods are enabling phylogenetic trees to transform genetics, historical linguistics and even the archaeological study of artefact shapes and styles. But which phylogenetic methods are best suited to retracing the evolution of languages? And which types of language data are most informative about deep prehistory? In this book, leading specialists engage with these key questions. Essential reading for linguists, geneticists and archaeologists, these studies demonstrate how phylogenetic tools are illuminating previously intractable questions about language prehistory. This innovative volume arose from a conference of linguists, geneticists and archaeologists held at Cambridge in 2004.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines