CARTA: Is the Human Mind Unique? – V.S. Ramachandran: Inter-Modular Interactions, Metaphor, and the “Great Leap”
Date: 5/3/2013; 23 minutes

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V.S. Ramachandran (UC San Diego) argues that human mental uniqueness emerged from the fortuitous co-emergence of certain novel anatomical structures and functions and equally fortuitous synergistic interactions between them. These include structures involved in inter-sensory abstraction (IPL and its uniquely human subdivisions; supra-marginal gyrus and angular gyrus; certain frontal structures, Wernicke's area, etc.) and sensorimotor abstraction (mirror neurons). He contends that these were then adapted for higher-level abstractions such as metaphor. (#24986)

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