The Resource Dawn: : the origins of language and the modern human mind, Rik Smits, (ebook)

Dawn: : the origins of language and the modern human mind, Rik Smits, (ebook)

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Dawn: : the origins of language and the modern human mind
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Dawn:
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the origins of language and the modern human mind
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Rik Smits
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eng
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In this work, originally published in Dutch, Rik Smits theorizes that language could not have developed originally as a system of communication. It is, instead, the result of combining separate abilities, each of which developed independently to aid the survival of early humans. Lacking strength and speed, man relies on wisdom for survival. Smits theorizes that human skills in calculation and estimation continued to develop until they were sufficient to accommodate a system as complex as grammar. Only after our linguistic ability emerged could humans think logically and share our reasoning with others, at which point almost everything we now call culture began to flourish. Smits concludes that language cannot have long predated the invention of agriculture in the Middle East, some 14,000 years ago. The huge advance in civilization represented by language made abstract powers of reasoning indispensable for the first time, along with highly developed concepts of identity, past, present, and future, all of which rely upon language. This explanation of the origins of language throws new light on cave paintings by Cro-Magnon man, whose masterpieces date from about 40,000 to 15,000 years ago. Anatomically Cro-Magnons were modern humans, but they had no language in the modern sense. Their absence of language gave them no true sense of individual identity. This translation was made possible by a grant from the Dutch Foundation for Literature
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Midwest
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1953-
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Smits, Rik
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401
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non fiction
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  • Language and languages
  • Language and languages
  • Human evolution
  • Electronic books
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adult
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Dawn: : the origins of language and the modern human mind, Rik Smits, (ebook)
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9781412862103
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11645672
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MWT11645672
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Dawn: : the origins of language and the modern human mind, Rik Smits, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781412862103
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11645672
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11645672
System control number
MWT11645672
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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