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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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The Vision Animal

The Vision Animal

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(p.169) 6 The Vision Animal
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Landscape of the Mind
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John F. Hoffecker

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231147040.003.0006

This chapter looks at how humans have developed two features related to the coded information stored in neural networks that made them unique among all living organisms. First, humans have developed the ability to translate information into externalized mental representation. Second, they have developed creativity—the ability to combine and recombine that information with a sufficient number of elements. The subsequent formation of the super-brain among modern human organizations has spurred properties not previously observed in organic evolution, which brings up two questions: what would be the impact on humanity of an entity with vastly superior computational and creative powers than humans? What would be the role of humans in such a world, or of any life-forms for that matter?

Keywords:   externalized mental representation, creativity, super-brain, modern human organizations, organic evolution

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