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  • Ian Pitchford
    As We Know It Marek Kohn Synopsis An account of how the human mind evolved. Marek Kohn offers a theory of mind that suggests how our ancestors might have
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      As We Know It
      Marek Kohn

      Synopsis

      An account of how the human mind evolved. Marek Kohn offers a theory of mind
      that suggests how our ancestors might have thought, and seen the world, in the
      absence of language, gods or culture. He relates that ancient heritage to our
      humanity, and examines the influence of our hominid past on our own behaviour,
      as creatures who speak, symbolize and create. Central to the book is a
      meditation on the handaxe, crafted again and again for hundreds of thousands of
      years by our proto-human ancestors. In his reconstruction of the uses and
      meanings of the handaxe, Kohn takes the reader into an alien world that is
      strangely close to our own. This is a work of sociobiology, in that it applies
      Darwinism to human culture. Unlike other works of "evolutionary psychology", it
      seeks to recapture Darwnism from the political right, and to show that a better
      understanding of our evolutionary history need not lead to an imposing of
      limits on who we are and what we may become.

      Amazon (UK)
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1862070253/humannaturecom/

      ________

      The Race Gallery: The Return of Racial Science
      by Marek Kohn

      An expose of resurgent racialism in science. Genetics and human anthropology
      were often deeply racist disciplines before World War II. Hierarchies of
      intelligence and ability were drawn up, not only in Nazi Germany but in the USA
      and Europe. This book shows how these ideas are re-emerging.

      Amazon (UK)
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/009941001X/humannaturecom/
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