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Is the Human Mind Unique? Entering the Soul Niche; An Evolved and Creative Mind; and Humor


Cognitive abilities often regarded as unique to humans include humor, morality, symbolism, creativity, and preoccupation with the minds of others. In these compelling talks, emphasis is placed on the functional uniqueness of these attributes, as opposed to the anatomical uniqueness, and whether these attributes are indeed quantitatively or qualitatively unique to humans. Nicholas Humphrey (Darwin College, Cambridge) begins with Entering the “Soul Niche,” followed by Steven Mithen (Univ of Reading) on An Evolved and Creative Mind, and Daniel Dennett (Tufts Univ) on Humor. Series: “CARTA – Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny” [4/2013] [Science] [Show ID: 24974] [Video and text source: University of California Television (UCTV) YouTube channel]