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Interdisciplinary Anthropology

Continuing Evolution of Man

Editors: Welsch, Wolfgang, Singer, Wolf, Wunder, André (Eds.)

  • The work incorporates the latest findings of empirical studies
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This volume is the result of a research project entitled “Evolutionary Continuity – Human Specifics – The Possibility of Objective Knowledge” that was carried out by representatives of six academic disciplines (evolutionary biology, evolutionary anthropology, brain research, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology and philosophy) over a period of three and a half years. The starting point for the project was the newly emerging riddle of human uniqueness: though the uniqueness of human beings is undisputable, all explanations for this fact have successively been discarded or refuted in recent decades. There is no special factor that could explain the particularities of human existence. Rather, all human skills derive from a continuous relation to pre-human skills, that is to say, to elements that were developed earlier in the phylogeny and were later inherited. But starting from abilities that are anything but special, how could the particularity of human beings have evolved? This was the guiding question of the project. In this work we try to answer it by addressing the following problems: How strong is evolutionary continuity in human beings? How can we understand that it gave way to cultural discontinuity? Which aspect of cultural existence is really unique to humans? Can the possibility of objective knowledge be seen as a (admittedly extreme) case in point? – The answers are meant to help clarify the central issue of contemporary scientific anthropology.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Brain Evolution and Cognition: Psychosis as Evolutionary Cost for Complexity and Cognitive Abilities in Humans

    Uhlhaas, Peter J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Intrinsic Multiperspectivity: Conceptual Forms and the Functional Architecture of the Perceptual System

    Mausfeld, Rainer

    Pages 19-54

  • Prospects of Objective Knowledge

    Spahn, Christian

    Pages 55-77

  • Long-Term Planning and Prediction: Visiting a Construction Site in the Human Brain

    Schubotz, Ricarda I.

    Pages 79-104

  • Emotion Expression: The Evolutionary Heritage in the Human Voice

    Scheiner, Elisabeth (et al.)

    Pages 105-129

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interdisciplinary Anthropology
Book Subtitle
Continuing Evolution of Man
Editors
  • Wolfgang Welsch
  • Wolf Singer
  • André Wunder
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-11668-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-11668-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-11667-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44186-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 174
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