Thinking Big (BOK)

Clive Gamble

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When and how did the brains of our hominin ancestors become human minds? When and why did our capacity for language or art, music and dance evolve? It is the contention of this pathbreaking and provocative book that it was the need for early humans to live in ever-larger social groups, and to maintain social relations over ever-greater distances the ability to think big that drove the enlargement of the human brain and the development of the human mind. This social brain hypothesis, put forward by evolutionary psychologists such as Robin Dunbar, one of the authors of this book, can be tested against archaeological and fossil evidence, as archaeologists Clive Gamble and John Gowlett show in the second part of Thinking Big. Along the way, the three authors touch on subjects as diverse and diverting as the switch from finger-tip grooming to vocal grooming or the crucial importance of making fire for the lengthening of the social day. Ultimately, the social worlds we inhabit today can be traced back to our Stone Age ancestors.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Clive Gamble
Forlag
THAMES & HUDSON
ISBN 9780500051801
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 16,2cm x 24,4cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 690 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Evolution, Archaeology