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Three Prehistoric Inventions That Shaped Us

David Martel Johnson

Both Darwin and neo-Darwinist theorists like Stephen Jay Gould were wrong to suppose that human nature and the human mind arose out of biological and historical sources alone. Three Prehistoric Inventions That Shaped Us argues that humans are very different from other animals in certain respects and, because of those respects, some of the most important sources of the particular sort of human nature we possess at the present moment, and of the special types of thinking in which we now are able to engage, were cultural ones. To be more specific, it shows that our present-day human nature was shaped in fundamental ways by at least three intellectual inventions that some of our prehistoric ancestors made-namely, the inventions of religious consciousness, of domestication of animals, and of syntactically organized language.

Both Darwin and neo-Darwinist theorists like Stephen Jay Gould were wrong to suppose that human nature and the human mind arose out of biological and historical sources alone. Three Prehistoric Inventions That Shaped Us argues that humans are very different from other animals in certain respects and, because of those respects, some of the most important sources of the particular sort of human nature we possess at the present moment, and of the special types of thinking in which we now are able to engage, were cultural ones. To be more specific, it shows that our present-day human nature was shaped in fundamental ways by at least three intellectual inventions that some of our prehistoric ancestors made-namely, the inventions of religious consciousness, of domestication of animals, and of syntactically organized language.
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Genres:

History

Description:

Both Darwin and neo-Darwinist theorists like Stephen Jay Gould were wrong to suppose that human nature and the human mind arose out of biological and historical sources alone. Three Prehistoric Inventions That Shaped Us argues that humans are very different from other animals in certain respects and, because of those respects, some of the most important sources of the particular sort of human nature we possess at the present moment, and of the special types of thinking in which we now are able to engage, were cultural ones. To be more specific, it shows that our present-day human nature was shaped in fundamental ways by at least three intellectual inventions that some of our prehistoric ancestors made-namely, the inventions of religious consciousness, of domestication of animals, and of syntactically organized language.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 31m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

17:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

19:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

26:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

21:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:25