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Three prehistoric inventions that shaped us.


Three prehistoric inventions that shaped us.

Johnson, David Martel.

Peter Lang Publishing Inc


192 pages




In a companion (prequel and sequel, he says) to his 2003 How History Made the Mind: the Cultural Origins of Objective Thinking, Johnson (emeritus, philosophy, York U., Toronto) argues that domesticating animals, creating sophisticated language, and acquiring religious or objective consciousness were deliberate undertakings by the ancestors of modern humans. Darwin and his successors have not taken proper account of culturally created human characteristics, he charges, and characterizes human nature as a lately discovered, causally powerful but perilous ecological opportunity.

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