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On the Human: Rethinking the natural selection of human language

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The Symbolic Species is a book by biological anthropologist Terrence Deacon on the evolution of language. Combining perspectives from neurobiology, evolutionary theory, linguistics, and semiotics , Deacon proposes that language, along with the unique human capacity for symbolic thought, co-evolved with the brain. The Symbolic Species is a multi-disclipinary book that at the time of publishing was seen as groundbreaking. It is considered to have bound together a wide array of ideas in a way that advanced the understanding of professionals in several fields. The reasons for the unique cognitive capacity of humans are explored, along with those for the large number of human activities impossible for animals. The human use of language is said to be responsible for both.

The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain

Terrence W. Deacon, University of California, Berkeley, has become an international star in biological anthropology and evolutionary neuroscience. This essay explores six intersections between Deacon's semiotics and Burke's dramatism that mark that correspondence. The study concludes that, by Burke's own standard, the label "coy," reluctant theologian may characterize both these seemingly secular theorists. He is both a biological anthropologist and laboratory neuroscientist Tallerman and Gibson xvii. As both biologist and neuroscientist of national and international stature, Deacon's pre-symbolic and post-symbolic claims about communication have bearing on, and add perspective to, Burke's philosophy.

Access options available:. In this article, I argue that the problem of representation stands at the center of the debate concerning the legitimacy of cognitivism as a research strategy for the humanities. Yet, curiously, very few commentators in this debate see representation to be a problem at all. Questions about the anthropological origin and function of representation tend to be regarded as at best supplemental, and at worst simply irrelevant, to the synchronic question of the causal mechanisms involved in the production of representation in the brain. I argue that this view is fundamentally mistaken and, furthermore, that we won't get clear about the central issues in the debate over cognitivism in literary studies until we get clear about the problem of representation.

Informing these insights is a new understanding of how Darwinian processes underlie the brain's development and function as well as its evolution. In contrast to.

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And it is not just critics of Darwinism who have argued that this most distinctive human capacity is problematic. Alfred Russel Wallace—the co-discoverer of natural selection theory and in many ways more of an ultra-Darwinian than Darwin himself—famously argued that the human intellectual capacity which makes language possible, is developed to a level of complexity that far exceeds what is achievable through natural selection alone. Darwin himself fretted over the possibility that natural selection alone might be incapable of accounting for exaggerated functional complexity in nature. But it was the extravagance of traits such as this, despite their lack of utility, that suggested to Darwin an approach to the challenge of explaining human mental capacities. In the case of the peacock tail, and other similar traits, Darwin realized that, indeed, something other than natural selection with respect to environmental conditions was responsible.

Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. DOI: Deacon Published Sociology, Psychology. This revolutionary book provides fresh answers to long-standing questions of human origins and consciousness.

Deacon's "symbolic species" functions as virtual synonym for the first article in Burke's "Definition of Man [sic]" Language Terrence W. Deacon is a professor of biological anthropology and neuroscience and the chair of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. The symbolic species: the co-evolution of language and the brain I by Terrence W.

The Symbolic Species Evolved

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Я обязан позвонить в службу безопасности, - решил.  - Что еще мне остается? - Он представил Хейла на скамье подсудимых, вываливающего все, что ему известно о Цифровой крепости.  - Весь мой план рухнет. Должен быть какой-то другой выход.

 - Он повернулся к Сьюзан.  - Я понял, что Цифровую крепость не следует останавливать. Сьюзан смотрела на него в растерянности. Стратмор продолжал: - Внезапно я увидел в Цифровой крепости шанс, который выпадает раз в жизни.

Лежа в кровати с балдахином, она смотрела на него и знала, что ей нужен именно. Навсегда. Ее завораживала глубина его темно-зеленых глаз, и она не могла отвести от них взгляд. В этот момент где-то вдали раздался оглушительный колокольный звон. Она потянулась к Дэвиду, но он исчез, и ее руки сомкнулись в пустоте. Телефонный звонок окончательно прогнал сон. Сьюзан Флетчер вздохнула, села в кровати и потянулась к трубке.

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Стратмор встал и начал расхаживать по кабинету, не спуская при этом глаз с двери. - Несколько недель назад, когда я прослышал о том, что Танкадо предложил выставить Цифровую крепость на аукцион, я вынужден был признать, что он настроен весьма серьезно. Я понимал, что если он продаст свой алгоритм японской компании, производящей программное обеспечение, мы погибли, поэтому мне нужно было придумать, как его остановить. Я подумал о том, чтобы его ликвидировать, но со всей этой шумихой вокруг кода и его заявлений о ТРАНСТЕКСТЕ мы тут же стали бы первыми подозреваемыми. И вот тогда меня осенило.

 Никакой Цифровой крепости не существует! - сказал Стратмор. - Что. - Не существует алгоритма, не поддающегося взлому. - Нет, существует. Я видел его в Интернете.

The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain