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The recursive mind : the origins of human language, thought, and civilization

Author: Michael C Corballis
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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The Recursive Mind challenges the commonly held notion that language is what makes us uniquely human. In this compelling book, Michael Corballis argues that what distinguishes us in the animal kingdom is our capacity for recursion: the ability to embed our thoughts within other thoughts. "I think, therefore I am," is an example of recursive thought, because the thinker has inserted himself into his thought.  Read more...
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Corballis, Michael C.
Recursive mind.
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010043084
(OCoLC)670238275
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael C Corballis
ISBN: 9781400838332 1400838339 9781400851492 1400851491 9780691160948 0691160945
OCLC Number: 726748114
Description: 1 online resource (x, 291 pages) : illustrations
Contents: pt. 1. Language --
pt. 2. Mental time travel --
pt. 3. Theory of mind --
pt. 4. Human evolution.
Responsibility: Michael C. Corballis.

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