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The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization

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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. Recursion enables us to conceive of our own minds and the minds of others. It also gives us the power of mental "time travel"--the ability to insert past experiences, or imagined future ones, into present consciousness.

Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, animal behavior, anthropology, and archaeology, Corballis demonstrates how these recursive structures led to the emergence of language and speech, which ultimately enabled us to share our thoughts, plan with others, and reshape our environment to better reflect our creative imaginations. He shows how the recursive mind was critical to survival in the harsh conditions of the Pleistocene epoch, and how it evolved to foster social cohesion. He traces how language itself adapted to recursive thinking, first through manual gestures, then later, with the emergence of Homo sapiens, vocally. Toolmaking and manufacture arose, and the application of recursive principles to these activities in turn led to the complexities of human civilization, the extinction of fellow large-brained hominins like the Neandertals, and our species' supremacy over the physical world.

Synopsis:

"Corballis offers a novel synthesis of language, mental time travel, and theory of mind within an evolutionary perspective. The Recursive Mind is very well written for a general readership, but with lots of targeted references for experts."--Michael A. Arbib, coauthor of The Construction of Reality

"This is a wonderful book by an expert writer. Corballis tracks the importance of recursion in the context of language, theory of mind, and mental time travel, and concludes that its emergence explains much about how we became human. He proposes a novel answer to an enduring mystery. This book is a significant achievement."--Thomas Suddendorf, University of Queensland

About the Author

Michael C. Corballis is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His books include "From Hand to Mouth: The Origins of Language" (Princeton) and "A Very Short Tour of the Mind: 21 Short Walks around the Human Brain".

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition vii

Preface xi

Chapter 1 What Is Recursion? 1

PART 1: Language 17

Chapter 2: Language and Recursion 19

Chapter 3: Do Animals Have Language? 36

Chapter 4: How Language Evolved from Hand to Mouth 55

PART 2: Mental Time Travel 81

Chapter 5: Reliving the Past 83

Chapter 6: About Time 100

Chapter 7: The Grammar of Time 112

PART 3: Theory of Mind 129

Chapter 8: Mind Reading 131

Chapter 9: Language and Mind 151

PART 4: Human Evolution 167

Chapter 10: The Recurring Question 169

Chapter 11: Becoming Human 181

Chapter 12: Becoming Modern 208

Chapter 13: Final Thoughts 221

Notes 227

References 253

Index 281

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691160948
Author:
Corballis, Michael C.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Cognitive science
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 halftones. 9 line illus. 2 maps.
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Corballis offers a novel synthesis of language, mental time travel, and theory of mind within an evolutionary perspective. The Recursive Mind is very well written for a general readership, but with lots of targeted references for experts."--Michael A. Arbib, coauthor of The Construction of Reality

"This is a wonderful book by an expert writer. Corballis tracks the importance of recursion in the context of language, theory of mind, and mental time travel, and concludes that its emergence explains much about how we became human. He proposes a novel answer to an enduring mystery. This book is a significant achievement."--Thomas Suddendorf, University of Queensland

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