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Type: Book chapter
Title: An evolutionary and anthropological examination of brain/mind and novelty
Author: Saniotis, A.
Henneberg, M.
Kumaratilake, J.
Citation: Evolution: Development within Big History, Evolutionary and World-System Paradigms, 2013 / Grinin, L., Korotayev, A. (ed./s), Ch.13, pp.257-266
Publisher: Uchitel Publishing House
Publisher Place: Volgograd, Russia
Issue Date: 2013
ISBN: 5705737424
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Arthur Saniotis, Maciej Henneberg, and Jaliya Kumaratilake
Abstract: The human brain functions evolved to support the survival of our ancestors as omnivores in natural environments that were of complex and varied nature. This evolution, of necessity, had to support the development of extensive memory systems and of an ability to imitate behaviors of others. Novelty as an expression of creative thought probably evolved along with the increasingly complex social processes of earlier human ancestors. Novel thought was especially expedited by the evolution of complex societies, which allowed for increasing individual specialisation. This article provides an overview on how the brain/mind works in relation to novelty from evolutionary and anthropological perspectives. The paper locates brain/mind novelty in terms of evolution, pattern and evolutionary learning. The authors conclude that novelty is contingent on social systems, and that current human societies need to challenge ordinary ways of thinking in order to reduce social and ecological problems.
Keywords: Neuro-hormonal organization; metapattern; evolutionary learning; liminality; symbolism
Rights: © 'Uchitel' Publishing House, 2013
RMID: 0030045365
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