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The Making of the Mind: The Neuroscience of Human Nature

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Using the findings of recent neuroscience, a psychologist reveals what sets humans apart from all other species, offering a fascinating exploration of our marvelous and sometimes frightening cognitive abilities and potentials.

According to human genome research, there is a remarkable degree of overlap in the DNA of humans and chimpanzees. So what accounts for the rapid dev
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Paperback, 293 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Prometheus Books
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John Kaufmann
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was surprisingly good, considerably better than I had anticipated when I picked it up. The premise is that what distinguishes the human mind from other mammals and primates is not just one characteristic (like language), but an ensemble of five interacting characteristics. These five components are an advanced working memory, social intelligence, language as communication, an interpreter of consciousness (language turned inward to reflective thoughts), and mental time travel. Each of t ...more
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Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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It is widely known and frequently stated that there is a significant overlap in the DNA of humans and chimpanzees. Yet it is humans who have advanced and continue to evolve in terms of sophisticated culture and seemingly limitless innovation. Chimpanzees and other primates have remained stagnant in these dimensions as long as they have been around. In answer to the question, “What accounts for this difference?” Ronald Kellogg posits an elegant hypothesis in The Making of the Mind: The Neuroscien ...more
Ernest Barker
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kellogg divides the mind into five distinct functional parts of human cognition. “The executive functions of working memory; a social intelligence with 'mind-reading' abilities; a capacity for symbolic thought and language; an inner voice that interprets conscious experiences by making causal inferences; and a means for mental time travel to past events and imagined futures.” He puts forth good logical arguments for his position throughout the book with concrete examples and lots of references. ...more
Bob Collins
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kellogg proposes that it is not a single component of man's cognitive powers that makes us "human," but rather an ensemble of five parts that together make us unique. Those parts are:
1. Advanced Working Memory and Executive Functions
2. Social Intelligence - collaboration, empathy and transmitting culture through generations
3. Language - particularly silent thought and the ability to make inferences
4. The Interpreter of Consciousness (see my review of Michael S. Gazzaniga's "Who's In Charge?"
5. M
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