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on 19 May 2004
I found Gardenfors investigation into what really constitutes human thinking, and how that is radically distinct from the cognition of other creatures, in particular the great apes, to be satisfying and compelling.
This book, despite its relatively small size, is an indepth exploration of what it is to be human in congitive terms. He delineates with precision and care the additional capacities that humans possess, in particular our capacity for representing what others think, and marks out where he sees the boundaries as lying between, typically, chimpanzee and human cognition.
For anyone interested in what divides us from the rest of the animal kingdom, of what makes us unique as thinking animals, this book, in a light and non-technical fashion, makes that division extremely clear in addition to exploring what underlies our capacity for language in distinct cognitive terms.
A highly recommended title!
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on 18 February 2006
This is a very credible attempt to isolate the individual "modules" of thinking and to explain why each evolved and in what order they evolved, with interesting excursions into the abilities of various animals. It is very readably and charmingly written. It has lots of interesting thoughts to follow up. My kind of book.
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