240 pages, Illus
In this compelling new work, Peter Gardenfors attempts to solve one of the big mysteries surrounding human existence - the evolution of complex thought. He starts by taking in turn the more basic cognitive processes, such as attention and memory, then builds upon these to explore more complex behaviours, such as self-consciousness, mindreading and imitation. He then examines the consequences of "putting thought into the world" - using external media like cave paintings, drawings, and writing.
Gardenfors presents a wealth of thought-provoking information and discussion, with a well-argued viewpoint, in a clear style. JBE, Vol. 40, No. 4 ... well written and admirably succinct. Although it has an argument to make, it does so in a fair and evenhanded way. This would make a good introduction for anyone venturing into the evolution of mind literature for the first time. Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol 79, No 4
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