5th February 2007 – Prehistory and the Evolution of Mind

growthProfessor Steven Mithen from Reading University led our discussion on how the human mind evolved to its current position. One would have thought that since thoughts do not leave many fossils that this would be an impossible task. Minds however do produce results which themselves leave fossil evidence of the thoughts behind them. Professor Mithen has done research into prehistoric man to produce evidence how his mind worked and how evolution shaped it from it’s original thinking processes via a series of evolutionary advantageous steps to the mind of a modern human. It is absolutely fascinating and a great example of how the scientific method can tackle problems that at first glance seems impossible.
His book ” The Prehistory of the Mind” is well worth a read.

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