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CARTA: Is the Human Mind Unique?

The great apes, whales and dolphins, all examles of animals that is often commenly thought as intelligent. Credit: Mark Interrante

The great apes, whales and dolphins, all examles of animals that is often commenly thought as intelligent. Credit: Mark Interrante

In this session with several talks hosted by The University of California and CARTA several prominent individuals seek to answer the question; Is the human mind unique?

Cognitive abilities often regarded as unique to humans include humor, morality, symbolism, creativity, and preoccupation with the minds of others. In these compelling talks, emphasis is placed on the functional uniqueness of these attributes, as opposed to the anatomical uniqueness, and whether these attributes are indeed quantitatively or qualitatively unique to humans.

Colin Renfrew (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research) begins with the Archaeological Evidence for Mind, followed by Daniel Povinelli (Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette) on Desperately Seeking Explanation, and Patricia Churchland (UC San Diego). CARTA (Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny).

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