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Out of Our Minds

What We Think and How We Came to Think It
Hardcover Book
University of California Press
July, 2019
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To imagineto see what is not thereis the startling ability that has fueled human development and innovation through the centuries. As a species we stand alone in our remarkable capacity to refashion the world after the picture in our minds.

Traversing the realms of science, politics, religion, culture, philosophy and history, Felipe Fernndez-Armesto reveals the thrilling and disquieting tales of our imaginative leapsfrom the firstHomo sapiensto the present day.Through groundbreaking insights in cognitive science,Fernndez-Armesto explores how and why we have ideas in the first place, providing a tantalizing glimpse into who we are and what we might yet accomplish.Unearthing and historical evidence, he begins by reconstructing the thoughts of our Paleolithic ancestors to reveal the subtlety and profundity of the thinking of early humans.A masterful paean to the human imagination from a wonderfully elegant thinker,Out of Our Mindsshows that bad ideas are often more influential than good ones; that the oldest recoverable thoughts include some of the best; that ideas of Western origin often issued from exchanges with the wider world; and that the pace of innovative thinking is under threat.

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