Well done,Brew.Much appreciated. Bob Brew wrote: Look what just today popped up on the Archaeologica website! This is a fairlyMessage 1 of 5 , Jan 7, 2005View SourceWell done,Brew.Much appreciated.Bob
Brew <brewmeister999@...> wrote:
Look what just today popped up on the Archaeologica
This is a fairly lengthy abstract, but well worth the
Abstract: Recent archaeological evidence supports the
claim that the first system of writing and the first
use of abstract numerical representation evolved from
the clay token accounting system of ancient
Mesopotamia. Writing and other abstract symbol systems
have subsequently transformed human cognitive
capacities within only few millennia, a time period
too short for any substantial changes in our
biologically-evolved brains. This paper uses Merlin
Donald's theory of human cognitive and cultural
evolution [in Origins of the Modern Mind; 1991] to
identify the role played by ancient accounting in
these evolutionary processes. Specifically, it is
argued that this early accounting system paved the way
for writing by instigating revolutionary cognitive
structures for processing visual/ symbolic artifacts
and establishing a primitive but very powerful form of
external memory (external to the brain). The paper
also explores the role that accounting systems
continue to play in the provision of "cognitive
scaffolding" with respect to our organizational and
institutional environments, and provides a cursory
overview of the pioneering developments of ancient
Mesopotamien accounting in this regard.
Full article at:
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group plz welcome our new member Donald N. Yates, Ph.D. Principal DNA Consulting he has done an interesting article on Rafinesque, and the red record, and theMessage 1 of 5 , Jan 13, 2005View Sourcegroup plz welcome our new memberDonald N. Yates, Ph.D.
DNA Consultinghe has done an interesting article on Rafinesque,and the red record, and the repeopling of america.its hoped he will share his work with us.Kind regards,