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The Emergence of the Human Mind Introduction Discussing the mind will inevitably lead to a messy and perplexing conversation and conclude with no definitive answer This paper cannot possibly expect to settle the complex questions that arise from the conversation of the mind It is the purpose of this paper to discuss Steven Mithens ideas on the evolution of the human mind with the supplementation of other theories used to critique his theory Because the term mind is such a foggy one I think that it useless to go searching through numerous theories when you do not even understand one This is why I limited my research and chose instead to learn from a few sources and then see how I could critique them and possibly link them together Why ask an archaeologist about the mind It would seem logical to study the mind through the fields of psychology or philosophy given that the mind could be considered a concept thus intangible In discussing the evolution of the mind Noble a psychologist and Davidson a archaeologist share a commonality in their interest of communication using symbols and the implications of mindedness from communication 1996xi Using the archaeological record to evaluate how in a context of natural selection did such a capacity emerge Mithen feels that the field of archaeology is essential to the study of the mind because one can only understand the present through researching the past for evolution does not have the option of going back and re-modeling it can only build on or modify what has already evolved Mithen 19969 He agrees that concept of the mind is vague but feels that with this struggle we have the archaeological record the empirical evidence perhaps worth more then all the theorizing by philosophers and psychologists Mithen 1996150 What is the mind Evolutionary change in the hominid skeleton is well known during the last 2 million years
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