9780674980150-0674980158-Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking

Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking

ISBN-13: 9780674980150
ISBN-10: 0674980158
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Heyes, Cecilia
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 304 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674980150
ISBN-10: 0674980158
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Heyes, Cecilia
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 304 pages

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Acknowledged authors Heyes, Cecilia wrote Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking comprising 304 pages back in 2018. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674980158 and 9780674980150. Since then Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 7.27 or rent at the marketplace.

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“This is an important book and likely the most thoughtful of the year in the social sciences… Highly recommended, it is likely to prove one of the most thought-provoking books of the year.”―Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution

How did human minds become so different from those of other animals? What accounts for our capacity to understand the way the physical world works, to think ourselves into the minds of others, to gossip, read, tell stories about the past, and imagine the future? These questions are not new: they have been debated by philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, evolutionists, and neurobiologists over the course of centuries. One explanation widely accepted today is that humans have special cognitive instincts. Unlike other living animal species, we are born with complicated mechanisms for reasoning about causation, reading the minds of others, copying behaviors, and using language.

Cecilia Heyes agrees that adult humans have impressive pieces of cognitive equipment. In her framing, however, these cognitive gadgets are not instincts programmed in the genes but are constructed in the course of childhood through social interaction. Cognitive gadgets are products of cultural evolution, rather than genetic evolution. At birth, the minds of human babies are only subtly different from the minds of newborn chimpanzees. We are friendlier, our attention is drawn to different things, and we have a capacity to learn and remember that outstrips the abilities of newborn chimpanzees. Yet when these subtle differences are exposed to culture-soaked human environments, they have enormous effects. They enable us to upload distinctively human ways of thinking from the social world around us.

As Cognitive Gadgets makes clear, from birth our malleable human minds can learn through culture not only what to think but how to think it.

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