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Causal cognition, force dynamics and early hunting technologies

dc.contributor.authorGardenfors, Peteren_ZA
dc.contributor.authorLombard, Marlizeen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-10T07:55:22Z
dc.date.available2020-04-10T07:55:22Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationGardenfors, P. & Lombard, M. 2018. Causal cognition, force dynamics and early hunting technologies. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9:87, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00087
dc.identifier.issn1664-0640 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00087
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/107681
dc.descriptionCITATION: Gardenfors, P. & Lombard, M. 2018. Causal cognition, force dynamics and early hunting technologies. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9:87, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00087.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://www.frontiersin.org
dc.description.abstractWith this contribution we analyze ancient hunting technologies as one way to explore the development of causal cognition in the hominin lineage. Building on earlier work, we separate seven grades of causal thinking. By looking at variations in force dynamics as a central element in causal cognition, we analyze the thinking required for different hunting technologies such as stabbing spears, throwing spears, launching atlatl darts, shooting arrows with a bow, and the use of poisoned arrows. Our interpretation demonstrates that there is an interplay between the extension of human body through technology and expanding our cognitive abilities to reason about causes. It adds content and dimension to the trend of including embodied cognition in evolutionary studies and in the interpretation of the archeological record. Our method could explain variation in technology sets between archaic and modern human groups.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00087/full
dc.format.extent10 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherFrontiers Media
dc.subjectHunting technologiesen_ZA
dc.subjectPrehistoric peoples -- Huntingen_ZA
dc.subjectCausationen_ZA
dc.subjectPhysical anthropologyen_ZA
dc.subjectBrain -- Evolutionen_ZA
dc.subjectCognitionen_ZA
dc.titleCausal cognition, force dynamics and early hunting technologiesen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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