Graduate studies at Western
Biology and Philosophy 21 (1):95-117 (2006)
|Abstract||In this paper, I give an account of how our hominin ancestors evolved a conscious ability I call scenario visualization that enabled them to manufacture novel tools so as to survive and flourish in the ever-changing and complex environments in which they lived. I first present the ideas and arguments put forward by evolutionary psychologists that the mind evolved certain mental capacities as adaptive responses to environmental pressures. Specifically, Steven Mithen thinks that the mind has evolved cognitive fluidity, viz., an ability to exchange information flexibly between and among mental modules. Showing the deficiency in Mithen’s view, I then argue that the flexible exchange of information between and among modules together with scenario visualization is what explains the ability to construct the novel tools needed to survive and flourish in the environments in which our hominin ancestors resided. Finally, I trace the development of the multi-purposed javelin, from its meager beginnings as a stick, in order to illustrate scenario visualization in novel tool manufacturing|
|Keywords||Cognitive fluidity Consciousness Cosmides Evolutionary psychology Integration Mithen Scenario visualization Segregation Tooby Tool-usage|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Dr Michael Anderson (2005). How to Study the Mind: An Introduction to Embodied Cognition. In [Book Chapter] (in Press).
Christophe Menant (2010). Proposal for a Shared Evolutionary Nature of Language and Consciousness. Dissertation, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Saint Petersburg
Dean Falk (2004). Prelinguistic Evolution in Hominin Mothers and Babies: For Cryin' Out Loud! Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):461-462.
Peter Langland-Hassan (2011). A Puzzle About Visualization. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 10 (2):145-173.
Valeria Giardino (2010). Intuition and Visualization in Mathematical Problem Solving. Topoi 29 (1):29-39.
Ben Jeffares (2010). The Co-Evolution of Tools and Minds: Cognition and Material Culture in the Hominin Lineage. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (4):503-520.
Robert Arp (2005). Scenario Visualization: One Explanation of Creative Problem Solving. Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (3):31-60.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads10 ( #114,518 of 741,003 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #61,802 of 741,003 )
How can I increase my downloads?