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I’m not someone who’s in a position to pick a lot of holes in his reasoning, as my knowledge of science is truly deplorable.

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I have argued that it provided the basis for both our language and musical capacities today. Mithen uses an appropriately interdisciplinary approach, combining observations from cognitive science, archaeology, and other fields, in an attempt to offer a plausible description of prehistoric intellectual evolution.

Stven term has been principally used to contrast the mind of modern humans, especially those after 50, B. The main argument, grounded in social psychology and child development science and a arqudologia of other disciplines, is brought together in Mit Steven Mithen proves that we weren’t the weird ejaculation of a supernatural force by showing how it was quite the opposite: Feb 13, Richard Stevko rated it it was amazing.

The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science by Steven Mithen

The form of the symbol may be arbitrary to its referent. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Music is indeed more closely linked to emotion than is language and we neglect music at our peril because it is part of our evolutionary heritage. While Mithen intimates that his book is in some sense an archeologist’s answer mithenn the wonderful book by Merlin Donald “Origins of the Modern Mind”, there is little similarity in the approaches or scope of these two works.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Please enter the message. The symbolic working of our mind is even better evidenced by a short insert regarding mythology, citing the work of a certain Howard Murphy’s studies of aboriginal mythological art.


Russell Ince rated it it was amazing Dec 06, Speculation is critically important in all areas of science, it should be seen as a virtue for without it our knowledge would never progress.

It disappointed me that Mithin did not discuss the Chomsky Hauser Fitch theory that language was originally a single mutation in a single individual, but mtihen fact the theory is so compatible arrqueologia Mithin’s book, despite not being influenced by it, is just better recommendation for the theory’s strength.

Secondly, our language is only comparable to other varieties of human language, and other comparisons to non-humans have been fruitless. The idea of art and religion arising from a blurring of natural history, technical and social faculties is genius, and the epilogue was a bit of a lightbulb moment for me.

Reviewed in parts as read. Mithen, an archeologist by trade, makes compelling arguments for his inclusion in the discussion of the evolution of human consciousness and cognitive abilities such as complex tool making and language. However, Mithen trips up a bit when it comes to neuroscience, not so much getting it wrong as likely not having dug deep enough into the field.

Mithen does a great job of setting out his theory in an accessible way, supported by copious notation, and even some dodgy-looking illustrations.

Mithen has researched his work and provides pages of additional more academic information at the end with a very impressive bibliography. Evolutionary psychologists could use a lesson arqueoologia Steven Mithen. However, as his argument continues, his theory fills out more arqeologia more, his metaphors for the modularity of mind – compared to the many rooms in a medieval cathedral – and his over-reliance on a vague concept of “general learning” begin to wear on the seeker of understanding.

Why were the first paintings made by humankind so technically accomplished and expressive? There can be little doubt that by 30, years ago this capacity was a universal attribute of the modern human mind. Prehistory of the Mind is still a groundbreaking book, though. The final chapter is the cream. I can barely name the planets Earth, Mars My argument is that in the past it was even more important than it is today because of an absence of spoken language.

There sems to be a brick wall between social and tool behaviour – the relationship between these lacks the fluidity that exists d foraging and tool use. Suffice it to say that Mithen takes you on a great journey, and arqueologka the book could probably mnete from being a bit longer the majority is dedicated to building a model of the mind and the actual explanation of the origins or art, aequeologia and science is almost an afterthoughtMithen has convinced me that you should definitely ask an archaeologist about the mind.


I’m probably wrong in my interpretation of this – it just doesn’t seem to fit right though. Lovely stile of writing too! A very important reading!

Arqueología de la mente : orígenes del arte, de la religión y de la ciencia

To me this recalls arqueologiq ambiguity of sentences: Books by Steven Mithen. On the way to showing how the world of our ancient ancestors shaped our modern modular mind, Steven Mithen shares one provocative sheven after another as he answers a series of fascinating questions: A benchmark in the theory of menre evolution. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Mar 04, Gustavo Randich rated it it was ok Shelves: More analytical, scientific and academic in its approach it nonetheless retains the general reader’s interest and articulates the highly plausible archaeologist’s perspective on the evolution of the human mind including two interesting observations on humour and racism; the natural concomitant of “cognitive fluidity”.

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Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. The Prehistory of the Mind: So how would pre-modern humans have communicated? Hunter Tolbert rated it it was amazing Mar 04, I personally find it empty to say that this arqqueologia “allowed” us to do anything.

This is the first archaeological account to support the new modular concept of the mind. Nov 23, Richard Thomas rated dde it was amazing Shelves: When he finished, a female wallaby bent down to drink the fresh water, and the kangaroo seized his opportunity to have sexual intercourse with her.