How to Think Like A Neandertal

How to Think Like A Neandertal

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Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780199742820
0199742820
Branch Call Number: 569.9 WYN
Characteristics: viii, 210 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.

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Jun 14, 2012

How to Think Like a Neandetal. --- by Thomas Wynn and Frederick L. Coolidge. A well-written book that those with an interest in our human predecessors will find illuminating. This book takes a big dose of what we know of Neandertals from Anthropology; tosses in a splash of Archeology; add a smidgen of Psychology and a dollop of a few other ‘ologies and you’ve got this book. There’s a lot of deduction here to come up with what Neandertal may have done for a living; how he may have lived; what his propensity to innovation may have been like. Speculative. But very interesting. Lots of bibliography. Scholarly yes, but without being boring. "This is not a "how to" book for adolescent boys (of any age), nor is it a manual for survivalists who fear an imminent apocalypse. And it is not a satyrical account of any political party, individual, or ideology, however deserving. It is a serious attempt to describe the thinking of a vanished and often maligned population of prehistoric people, the Neandertals." Preface: How to Think Like a Neandertal.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 09, 2012

One of the authors of this readable book was interviewed on CBC Radio's "Quirks & Quarks" science program in February 11, 2012. To listen to the interview, go to:
http://www.cbc.ca/quirks and follow the links to past programs. What's going on in the mind of a Neandertal? The authors have attempted to answer that question in their book. They suggest that Neandertals shared many cognitive abilities with humans. New archeological evidence suggests that they had important limitations in their abilities, primarily an inability to innovate and invent that evolved in modern Homo sapiens. This might have been reflected in their language and communication, in their humour, and in their ability to develop large social groups, or even trade networks. Although having larger brains and more muscular, sturdy bodies, after 170,000 years of successful hunting and gathering, these mental limitations might, in fact, help explain why they disappeared 30,000 years ago. When innovative, talkative, diplomatic Homo sapiens entered Europe and Western Asia, the Neanderthal's cognitive limits might have contributed to their extinction. [Promo from the “Quirks & Quarks” web site]

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Jun 14, 2012

"This is not a "how to" book for adolescent boys (of any age), nor is it a manual for survivalists who fear an imminent apocalypse. And it is not a satyrical account of any political party, individual, or ideology, however deserving. It is a serious attempt to describe the thinking of a vanished and often maligned population of prehistoric people, the Neandertals." Preface: How to Think Like a Neandetal.

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