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Landscape of the Mind: Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Thought

John Hoffecker


This book explores the origin and growth of the human mind, drawing on archaeology, history, and the fossil record. It suggests that, as an indirect result of bipedal locomotion, early humans developed a feedback relationship among their hands, brains, and tools that evolved into the capacity to externalize thoughts in the form of shaped stone objects. When anatomically modern humans evolved a parallel capacity to externalize thoughts as symbolic language, individual brains within social groups became integrated into a “neocortical Internet,” or super-brain, giving birth to the mind. Noting th ... More

Keywords: fossil record, bipedal locomotion, neocortical Internet, symbolism, human creativity, superbrain, nationstates, Roman Empire, innovation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231147040
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231147040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Hoffecker, author