Cog­ni­tive Gad­gets: The Cul­tural Evo­lu­tion of Think­ing

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Ce­cilia Heyes

Har­vard Uni­ver­sity Press

As well as phys­i­cal ma­chines, hu­man be­ings have cre­ated what Ce­cilia Heyes calls “men­tal ma­chines”, which are “em­bod­ied in our ner­vous sys­tems” and “en­able our minds to go fur­ther, faster, and in different di­rec­tions than the minds of any other an­i­mals”. Ex­am­ples in­clude causal un­der­stand­ing, episodic me­mory, im­i­ta­tion and the abil­ity to read other peo­ple’s minds. In set­ting out her the­ory of “cul­tural evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy”, Heyes ex­plains the im­pli­ca­tions for what it means to be hu­man – and why “hu­man minds are more ag­ile, but also more frag­ile, than was pre­vi­ously thought”.

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