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An evolutionary perspective on reading and reading disorders

Abstract: An evolutionary perspective on reading can contribute to understanding dyslexia and other learning disorders. Human beings evolved speech over many thousands of years, but writing and reading are recent inventions, only a few thousand years old. People perform reading by a kludge of

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Beyond Piaget’s phenocopy: The baby in the Lamarckian bath

PDF: PiagetMS_Deacon

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The Evolution of Altruism via Social Addiction

PDF: HuiDeacon_AltruismBySocialAddiction

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The Role of Symbolic Capacity In The Origins Of Religion

Abstract:  The scientific investigation of the human religious predisposition has recently been augmented by considering it from an evolutionary perspective. This approach has provided new insights, but has also generated controversy because of its reductionist goals. In this essay we explore the religious

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The Aesthetic Faculty

This chapter asks the question: Why is it that only human beings spend time and effort to produce and acquire aesthetic experience? It focuses on the role of juxtapositions, bisociations, and blends in human cognition, and proposes that symbolic abilities are a critical

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