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The prehistory of the mind : the cognitive origins of art, religion, and science

Author: Steven J Mithen
Publisher: New York, N.Y. ; London : Thames and Hudson, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here is one of the first books to bring the insights of archaeology to bear on some of the most fundamental and contentious issues in human evolution. On the way to showing how the world of our ancient ancestors shaped our modern, modular mind, Steven Mithen shares one provocative insight after another. He offers an intriguing and challenging explanation of what it means to be human, a bold new theory about the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Mithen
ISBN: 0500050813 9780500050811 0500281009 9780500281000
OCLC Number: 40457245
Description: 288 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Why ask an archaeologist about the human mind? --
2. drama of our past --
3. architecture of the modern mind --
4. new proposal for the mind's evolution --
5. Apes, monkeys and the mind of the missing link --
6. mind of the first stone toolmaker --
7. multiple intelligences of the Early Human mind --
8. Trying to think like a Neanderthal --
9. big bang of human culture: the origins of art and religion --
10. So how did it happen? --
11. evolution of the mind --
Epilogue: the origins of agriculture.
Other Titles: Cognitive origins of art, religion, and science
Responsibility: [Steven Mithen].

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On the way to showing how the world of our ancient ancestors shaped our modern modular mind, Mithen shares one provocative insight after another as he answers a series of fascinating questions. 70  Read more...

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