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A model of the emergence and evolution of integrated worldviews

Gabora, Dr. Liane and Aerts, Dr. Diederik (2009) A model of the emergence and evolution of integrated worldviews. [Journal (Paginated)]

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It is proposed that the ability of humans to flourish in diverse environments and evolve complex cultures reflects the following two underlying cognitive transitions. The transition from the coarse-grained associative memory of Homo habilis to the fine-grained memory of Homo erectus enabled limited representational redescription of perceptually similar episodes, abstraction, and analytic thought, the last of which is modeled as the formation of states and of lattices of properties and contexts for concepts. The transition to the modern mind of Homo sapiens is proposed to have resulted from onset of the capacity to spontaneously and temporarily shift to an associative mode of thought conducive to interaction amongst seemingly disparate concepts, modeled as the forging of conjunctions resulting in states of entanglement. The fruits of associative thought became ingredients for analytic thought, and vice versa. The ratio of associative pathways to concepts surpassed a percolation threshold resulting in the emergence of a self-modifying, integrated internal model of the world, or worldview.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords: cognitive development, concepts, context, cultural evolution, entanglement, evolutionary psychology, conceptual integraton, quantum interaction, SCOP formalism, worldview
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Biology > Cognitive Archeology
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
ID Code:6768
Deposited By:Gabora, Dr. Liane
Deposited On:30 Jan 2010 03:42
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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