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Life Sciences - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology | The Symbolic Species Evolved

The Symbolic Species Evolved

Series: Biosemiotics, Vol. 6

Schilhab, Theresa, Stjernfelt, Frederik, Deacon, Terrence (Eds.)

2012, XIV, 290 p.

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  • New perspectives on evolutionary cognition from some of the world’s leading researchers in the field
  • Gives a broad introduction to the range of perspectives on evolutionary cognition Includes up-to-date research from the author of
  • The symbolic species, Professor Terrence Deacon

Scientific considerations about the origin of humanity might not be entirely new. However, the articles in this volume present a spectrum/variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives which no doubt calls attention and dares to present the span of the problem. The reader is inspired to continuously push and re-think ways of thinking about the themes, instead of fixing and unequivocalizing and is forced to acknowledge a diversity of angles and the need of merging different approaches to achieve further insights on the central theme. The volume succinctly distils frontline research within different subfields by compiling contributions from widely acknowledged academics.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Biosemiotics - Human cognition - Human evolution - Origin of language - Thinking

Related subjects » Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Geology - Neuroscience - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Introduction - searching the missing links; Frederik Stjernfelt, Theresa Schilhab.- Part I: The Biosemiotic Connection.- 1. Towards a semiotic cognitive science: why neither the phenomenological nor computational approaches are adequate; Terrence Deacon.- 2. The Symbolic Species hypothesis revisited; Frederik Stjernfelt.- 3. Peirce and Deacon on meaning and the evolution of language; Ahti-Veikko J. Pietarinen.-  4. Semiosis beyond signs. On a two or three missing links on the way to human beings; Göran Sonesson.- Part II: The Prehistoric and Comparative Connection.- 5. The natural history of intentionality. A biosemiotic approach; Jesper Hoffmeyer.- 6. The evolution of learning to communicate: Avian model for the missing link; Irene M. Pepperberg.- 7. From parsing actions to understanding intentions; Richard W. Byrne.- 8. New non-Linnaean, neo-cladistic nomenclature and classification conventions exemplified by recent and fossil hominids; Niels Bonde.- 9. ­­­­The tripod effect: Coevolution of cooperation, cognition and communication; Peter Gärdenfors et al.- Part III: The Cognitive and Anthropological Connection.- 10. Language as a repository of tacit knowledge; Harry Collins.- 11. Levels of immersion and embodiment; Theresa Schilhab.- 12. Emerging symbols; Stefan Leijnen.- 13. Gender in innovative techno fantasies; Cathrine Hasse.- Epilogue.- 14. New perspectives; Terrence Deacon.- Index.

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