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A Model for the Emergence and Evolution of the Integrated Worldview

Summary: A Model for the Emergence and
Evolution of the Integrated Worldview
Liane Gabora
Psychology and Computer Science, University of British Columbia
Diederik Aerts
Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies and Department of Mathematics
Free University of Brussels
Published as: Gabora, L. and Aerts, D. A model of the emergence and evolution of
integrated worldviews. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 53, 434-451.
It is proposed that the ability of humans to flourish in diverse environments and
evolve complex cultures reflects the following two underlying cognitive transi-
tions. The transition from the coarse-grained associative memory of Homo
habilis to the fine-grained memory of Homo erectus enabled limited representa-
tional redescription of perceptually similar episodes, abstraction, and analytic
thought, the last of which is modeled as the formation of states and of lattices
of properties and contexts for concepts. The transition to the modern mind of
Homo sapiens is proposed to have resulted from onset of the capacity to spon-
taneously and temporarily shift to an associative mode of thought conducive


Source: Aerts, Diederik - Leo Apostel Centre, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


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