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Landscape of the MindHuman Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought$
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John Hoffecker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231147040

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231147040.001.0001

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Modernity and Infinity

Modernity and Infinity

(p.1) 1 Modernity and Infinity
Landscape of the Mind

John F. Hoffecker

Columbia University Press

Human beings can transcend their existence by communicating thoughts that will persist even after death. An individual's ideas may be communicated by oral tradition, as well as in writing, print, or electronic media. This chapter begins by discussing the nature of external thoughts or mental representations. Philosophers conceptualize the human mind as a material object operating within a unique set of properties. By externalizing information in symbolic form through language, modern humans created a super-brain; in which coded information can move from one brain to another through language. The chapter also tackles the philosophy of technology, as technology is one of the most consequential forms of external thought; and the origin of the mind as provided by the fossil record of thought.

Keywords:   external thoughts, mental representations, human mind, language, super-brain, philosophy of technology, origin of the mind

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