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The native mind and the cultural construction of nature

Author: Scott Atran; Douglas L Medin
Publisher: Massachusetts : MIT Press, ©2008.
Series: Life and mind.
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Surveys show that our growing concern over protecting the environment is accompanied by a diminishing sense of human contact with nature. Many people have little commonsense knowledge about nature - are unable, for example, to identify local plants and trees or describe how these plants and animals interact. Researchers report dwindling knowledge of nature even in smaller, nonindustrialized societies. In The Native  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Atran, Scott, 1952-
Native mind and the cultural construction of nature.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)653403681
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Atran; Douglas L Medin
ISBN: 9780262134897 0262134896 9780262514088 0262514087
OCLC Number: 122973883
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: viii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Universals and devolution : general claims --
Study populations, methods, and models --
Devolution and relative expertise --
Development of folkbiological cognition --
Culture as a notional, not natural, kind --
Folkecology and the spirit of the commons : garden experiments in Mesoamerica --
Cultural epidemiology --
Mental models and intergroup conflict in North America --
Conclusions and projections.
Series Title: Life and mind.
Responsibility: Scott Atran and Douglas Medin.
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An analysis of the cognitive consequences of diminished contact with nature examines the relationship between how people think about the natural world and how they act on it, and how these are  Read more...

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