Evolution Of Language And The Brain

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Professor Terrence Deacon, an American Neuroanthropoligist; for his undergraduate attended Fairhaven College of Western Washington University from 1972-1976 as an Interdisciplinary major. Later attending Harvard’s Graduate School of Education from 1977-1978 in Philosophy and Cognitive Development. Ultimately pursuing a Ph.D. from Harvard in Biological Anthropology from 1978-1984. Later he joined the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor of biological anthropology, he was promoted to an associate professor. In 1992 became an associate professor of biological anthropology at Boston University and he was an associate at McLean Hospital and the Harvard Medical School. Deacon’s special interests include bio-cultural evolution, brain development, and biosemiotics. He has published 2 major books "The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain” and “Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter” also coauthored several books and articles revolving semiotics. The book I will be mainly focusing on is The Symbolic Species, which tackles on his theory of the co-evolution of language and the brain. He has 3 tasks in this book first, differentiates human mode of reference (symbolic reference), versus the non-symbolic references found in nonhuman species. Second to explain why it may be difficult for nonhuman species to understand this form of symbolic reference, and third how to explain humans overcome the difficult of understanding symbolic references.
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