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Proust was a Neuroscientist: True Efforts towards a Third Culture or Just a Pretty Narrative?

“A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?”-- C. P. Snow

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Neuroanthropology: Brain Enculturing

Neuroanthropology: Brain Enculturing
 Through the lens of the Capoeira Angola  


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The Human Unconscious: The Mechanism for Literary Evolution

     Human beings are perhaps the greatest, most sophisticated storytellers that have yet roamed the earth. Sure, creatures of other levels of complexity can survey their environment, summarize their observations, and live their lives according to their own stories of reality. In fact, these stories of reality have proven to be, in the Darwinian sense, quite an essential mechanism for the survival, continuation, and modification (biological evolution) of all forms of life, especially humans. What distinguishes humans as ‘special’ storytellers, however, is our capacity for language, a cognitive development that biological evolution has


"Reality": Construction,
Deconstruction, and Reconstruction


On Beyond Representation

Blackboard Notes

Evolit 2009

19 March 2009




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