Topic: Thought piece on primate evolution

Seek to understand not just primate evolution.. but our psychological evolution. As such we seek to understand the origins of language. I am suggesting that emotion is fundamental to speech.. not what we call ‘thinking’ .. I argue that genuine ‘thinking’ (as opposed to environmentally evoked percepts) is an active process / faculty / ability (?) that must be shaped and grown (i.e. consistent with many post-modern conceptualizations).

Thus we will review data showing that the ‘language regions’ of our brain are distinct from non-human apes.. however the extent of the differences are minor compared to the difference in intellects between the ‘species’. Thus, a small change in biology.. produced an ability that allowed for enormous environmental and developmentally mediated differences to emerge over ‘time’.

This was predicted by Huxley.. ‘Darwin’s Bulldog’ .. Darwin believed that Selection could explain everything.. Wallace didn’t think it could explain ‘mind’ .. This course argues that Darwin was correct] THOUGHT PIECE DUE: What is the relationship between emotion and speech?

Required reading: Comparative primate neurobiology and the evolution of brain language systems. James K Rilling 2014 Required reading: Predicting free choices for abstract intentions. Soon et al 2013 Required Video: Videos on ‘Affective State Shifts’ occurring prior to awareness of these ‘shifts’ / ‘switches’

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