The Prehistory of the Mind : A Search for the Origins of Art, Religion and Science, Paperback

The Prehistory of the Mind : A Search for the Origins of Art, Religion and Science Paperback

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Award-winning science writer Steven Mithen explores how an understanding of our ancestors and their development can illuminate our brains and behaviour today How do our minds work?

When did language and religious beliefs first emerge?

Why was there a cultural explosion of art and creativity with the arrival of modern humans? This ground-breaking book brings the insight of archaeology to our understanding of the development and history of the human mind, combining them with ideas from evolutionary psychology in a brilliant and provocative synthesis.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, line drawings
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Prehistoric archaeology
  • ISBN: 9780753802045



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Excellent book, with some very useful ideas on how early humans maintained the safety of their knowledge.

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This is a very engaging read and a fascinating hypothesis of how human cognitive abilities evolved. I particularly enjoyed Mithen's thoughts on the possible differences between the mind of modern humankind on that of Neanderthals.

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