"Corballis offers a novel synthesis of language, mental time travel, and theory of mind within an evolutionary perspective. The Recursive Mind is very well written for a general readership, but with lots of targeted references for experts."--Michael A. Arbib, coauthor of The Construction of Reality
"This is a wonderful book by an expert writer. Corballis tracks the importance of recursion in the context of language, theory of mind, and mental time travel, and concludes that its emergence explains much about how we became human. He proposes a novel answer to an enduring mystery. This book is a significant achievement."--Thomas Suddendorf, University of Queensland
Corballis' writing is a pleasure to read, although witticisms and asides occasionally distract from his main story.
Any recreational reader in cognitive science / psychology / philosophy / linguistics / neuroscience / anthropology will recognize much of the material in the book.
The author explains that this ability of the human brain is what give us language with a grammer as opposed to mere animal signaling.
Wheels within wheels (although the author doesn't speak of "wheels" or even "gears") the power of feedback loops (and he doesn't mention feedback or loops). Read morePublished 4 months ago by extreamreader