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- DescriptionAn increasingly influential school of thought in cognitive science views the mind as embodied, extended, and distributed rather than brain-bound or all in the head. This shift in perspective raises important questions about the relationship between cognition and material culture, posing major challenges for philosophy, cognitive science, archaeology, and anthropology. In How Things Shape the Mind, Lambros Malafouris proposes a cross-disciplinary analytical framework for investigating the ways in which things have become cognitive extensions of the human body. Using a variety of examples and case studies, he considers how those ways might have changed from earliest prehistory to the present. Malafouris's Material Engagement Theory definitively adds materiality -- the world of things, artifacts, and material signs -- into the cognitive equation. His account t only questions conventional intuitions about the boundaries and location of the human mind but also suggests that we rethink classical archaeological assumptions about human cognitive evolution.
- Author BiographyLambros Malafouris is Creativity Research Fellow and Research Fellow and Tutor in Archaeology, Anthropology, and Human Evolution at Keble College, University of Oxford.
- Author(s)Lambros Malafouris
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication09/08/2013
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note31 figures
- Weight549 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Foreword byLord Colin Renfrew
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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