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Willamette U. Lobban Lecture: Tools, Language, and the Evolution of the Human Mind in #SalemOR – Thursday, Tonight!

Tools, Language, and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Special/Endowed Lecture: Lobban Lecture with Kathleen Gibson, University of Texas (School of Medicine)

Thursday, April 13, 2017 starting at 7:30 PM

Willamette U. Campus | Law School | Rm 201 | Paulus Lecture Hall

Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace, co-discoverers of the principle of evolution by natural selection, held starkly contrasting views about the origins of the human mind. Wallace considered the human mind to be qualitatively distinct from that of other animals, while Darwin postulated that animal and human minds differ in degree but not in kind. Darwin’s position, but not Wallace’s, represented a sharp break with traditional Cartesian views that human behavior is rational, but animal behavior is instinctive.

This talk discusses new evidence in light of continuity versus qualitative gap perspectives of human/animal and modern human/fossil hominin mental differences. It concludes that much of what we see in the archaeological record accords with an increased information processing model of tool-making, cooperative, and communicative abilities, and, hence, with Darwinian views that differences of degree, rather than of kind, distinguish human from animal minds (and by extension modern human minds from those of other hominins).

Willamette Events – more info

Willamette U. Campus – Law School – 201 – Paulus Lecture Hall
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380

Contact Information
Ortwin Knorr, Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology
503-370-6029

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