Saturday, November 15, 2008
Quicklink: What Makes the Human Mind?
Harvard Magazine ran a short but interesting piece this week about what makes the human mind unique. The article's not terribly in-depth, but at least they point out the complexity of the human/animal cognition problem. Too often, we simply see the claim that human intelligence isn't unique superficially substantiated by pointing out chimpanzee tool use or bee dances--Harvard's piece points out that the issue isn't nearly that simple. If you're interested in exploring this topic further, I'd recommend Michael Gazzaniga's newest book, Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique. It's written in reasonably accessible language, but still has enough hard science to interest those with more technical backgrounds.