Archaeology Meets Neuroscience
Up to now, working in isolation, both archaeology and neuroscience have made a number of important contributions to the study of human intelligence.This book shows how a new framework integrating these two disciplines can provide us with a much deeper account of where we came from, and why we developed as we did.
Introduction - The sapient mind: archaeology meets neuroscience; 1. Neural correlates of Early Stone Age tookmaking: technology, language and cognition in human evolution; 2. Tool use, communicative gesture and cerebral asymmetries in the modern human brain; 3. Biology is only part of the story ..; 4. Big brains, small worlds: material culture and the evolution of the mind; 5. Wild agency: nested intentionalities in cognitive neuroscience and archaeology; 6. Between brains, bodies and things: tectonoetic awareness and the extended self; 7. Social ontologies; 8. The role of cultural practices in the emergence of modern human intelligence; 9. Evolving intentions for social interaction: from entrainment to joint action; 10. Social cognition; 11. Neuroscience, evolution and the sapient paradox: the factuality of value and of the sacred; 12. Things to think with: words and objects as material symbols; 13. Why religion is nothing special but is central