Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition

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Harvard University Press, 1991 - 413 pages
This bold and brilliant book asks the ultimate question of life sciences: How did the human mind acquire its incomparable power? Origins of the Modern Mind traces the evolution of human culture and cognition from primitive apes to the era of artificial intelligence, and presents an original theory of how the human mind evolved from its presymbolic form. Illustrated with line drawings.

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``The modern era, if it can be reduced to any single dimension, is especially characterized by its obsession with symbols and their management.'' So says Donald (Psychology/Queen's Univ., Kingston ... Read full review

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Donald's three-stage model of primate evolution begins with a plausible description of primate cognition at the level of chimps. He then proposes the crucial intermediary stage between chimp ... Read full review


The Need for a Theory of Cognitive Evolution
Darwins Thesis
Wernickes Machine

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Merlin Donald is Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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