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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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Modern Humans and the Super-Brain

Modern Humans and the Super-Brain

(p.73) 3 Modern Humans and the Super-Brain
Landscape of the Mind

John F. Hoffecker

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the development of the modern mind. Early signs of modernity were limited to polished bone awls and simple geometric designs, and then gradually expanded into paintings, sculptures, and musical instruments. According to Noam Chomsky, what distinguishes the modern mind from the proto-mind is creativity—the ability to recombine elements of mental representations in hierarchical form, resulting to an alternative reality. Creativity is also referred to as the “core property” of language, and language is the primary means of integration of the human super-brain. The super-brain, or the mind, developed in its own way and transcends biological space and time. It accumulates knowledge about the external world through creating novel technologies and improving on them.

Keywords:   modern mind, modernity, creativity, Noam Chomsky, alternative reality, super-brain, external world

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