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Thinking Big By Clive Gamble

Thinking Big by Clive Gamble

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When and how did the brains of our hominin ancestors become human minds? When and why did our capacity for language or art, music and dance evolve? This book deals with these questions.

Thinking Big Summary

Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind by Clive Gamble

When and how did the brains of our hominin ancestors become human minds? When and why did our capacity for language or art, music and dance evolve? It is the contention of this pathbreaking and provocative book that it was the need for early humans to live in ever-larger social groups, and to maintain social relations over ever-greater distances - the ability to `think big' - that drove the enlargement of the human brain and the development of the human mind. This `social brain hypothesis', put forward by evolutionary psychologists such as Robin Dunbar, one of the authors of this book, can be tested against archaeological and fossil evidence, as archaeologists Clive Gamble and John Gowlett show in the second part of Thinking Big. Along the way, the three authors touch on subjects as diverse and diverting as the switch from finger-tip grooming to vocal grooming or the crucial importance of making fire for the lengthening of the social day. Ultimately, the social worlds we inhabit today can be traced back to our Stone Age ancestors.

Thinking Big Reviews

'Thinking Big is destined to become a classic' - Brian Fagan, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of California
'You will not read a more important book this year. It could make us a little wiser about ourselves' - Minerva
'A delightful compendium of history, theory and fascinating experiments that will keep you engaged throughout' - BBC Focus
'Thinking Big is like the Big Bang: it probably isn't the total answer, but there is no doubt that it answers a large number of observable phenomena, and it will serve as the dominant model for debating and refining our ideas about the origins and evolution of human cognition for decades to come' - Society of Antiquaries Newsletter

About Clive Gamble

Clive Gamble is a British archaeologist and anthropologist, and Professor of Archaeology at Southampton University. He has been described as the 'UK's foremost archaeologist investigating our earliest ancestors'. John Gowlett is Professor of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at Liverpool University. He is involved in fieldwork in eastern and southern Africa. Robin Dunbar is a British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist specialised in primate behaviour. He is currently head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. He is best known for formulating Dunbar's number, a measurement of the 'cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships'.

Table of Contents

Preface * 1: Psychology Meets Archaeology * 2: What It Means to Be Social * 3: Ancient Social Lives * 4: Ancestors With Small Brains * 5: Building the Human Niche: Three Crucial Skills * 6: Ancestors with Large Brains * 7: Living in Big Societies

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Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind by Clive Gamble
Used - Like New
Hardback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2014-05-27
224
0500051801
9780500051801
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