The Scope of Human Thought
19 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2009 Last revised: 27 Aug 2009
Date Written: August 17, 2009
Biologically, we resemble other animals, but mentally, we leave them in the dust. The scope of human thought is vast. Why are we so different? This think-piece explores the scope of human thought, its possible origins, and the mental operations that make it possible.
Keywords: Conceptual integration, blending, primate, mental time-travel, Tulving, Damasio, Neisser, explanation, prediction, brain imaging, brain mapping, neurophysiology, image schemas, art, norms, niches, culture
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