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Author Tomasello, Michael
Title The cultural origins of human cognition / Michael Tomasello
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  BF311 T647 1999    AVAILABLE    30520020551710
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  153 T591cu 1999    AVAILABLE    30500101050204
Descript vi, 248 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-240) and index
A Puzzle and a Hypothesis -- Biological and Cultural Inheritance -- Joint Attention and Cultural Learning -- Linguistic Communication and Symbolic Representation -- Linguistic Constructions and Event Cognition -- Discourse and Representational Redescription -- Cultural Cognition
"From an Evolutionary point of view, human cognition is a puzzle. Human beings have been a distinct species for only a very short time, but in this short time we have developed the skills needed to create complex tools and technologies, languages and other symbol systems, and complex social institutions like governments and religions."--BOOK JACKET
"Many current theories of human cognition stress its biological roots, while others stress its cultural roots. Tomasello demonstrates that both of these perspectives are essential in creating a unified account of the evolution, history, and development of human cognition. He makes a powerful case that while human cognition is biologically based, this biological adaptation's key contribution is that it permits the flowering of the cultural-historical and ontogenetic processes that have actually made the varieties of human cognition what they are today."--BOOK JACKET
Subject Cognition and culture
Cognition in children
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