Comments on Steven Mithen's Book (1996) The Prehistory of The Mind

These comments address a book by an archaeologist, Steven Mithen, about human evolution. Mithen presents two evocative analogies for the mental evolution of hominins. The first is a play in four acts. The second is the historical evolution of church architecture. This work comments using the special vocabulary of the category-based nested form. The human niche is proposed. More

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About the Series: A Course on The Human Niche
What is an adaptation? What is a niche? The category-based nested form turns out to be useful in relating the two. An adaptation exploits a niche. A niche is the potential of an actuality independent of the adapting species. What is the human niche? What is the potential, independent of the hominins, that sculpts our ancestors through many generations? These questions are addressed in the masterwork, The Human Niche, which stands upon four pillars, comments on recent books on human evolution.

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