Origins of the Human Mind

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The human mind is an evolutionary product, just like the body. However, the mind does not remain in fossil form like bones and teeth. Therefore, to better study and understand our minds their evolutionary origins we need to compare our cognitive features with those of different living primates. This approach is called "Comparative Cognitive Science (CCS)". CCS is a unique combination of Psychology and Primatology. CCS tries to give answers to the fundamental questions such as "what is uniquely human?", "where did it come from?”, "how did we get here?”, and "where do we go?" This intensive course focuses on chimpanzees, the closest relatives of humans.

This course covers selected areas of current research on CCS. We focus on behavioral studies of nonhuman animals, especially chimpanzees. Since the chimpanzee and the human share the latest common ancestor, only about five million years ago, this great ape provides the key to underst...

The human mind is an evolutionary product, just like the body. However, the mind does not remain in fossil form like bones and teeth. Therefore, to better study and understand our minds their evolutionary origins we need to compare our cognitive features with those of different living primates. This approach is called "Comparative Cognitive Science (CCS)". CCS is a unique combination of Psychology and Primatology. CCS tries to give answers to the fundamental questions such as "what is uniquely human?", "where did it come from?”, "how did we get here?”, and "where do we go?" This intensive course focuses on chimpanzees, the closest relatives of humans.

This course covers selected areas of current research on CCS. We focus on behavioral studies of nonhuman animals, especially chimpanzees. Since the chimpanzee and the human share the latest common ancestor, only about five million years ago, this great ape provides the key to understanding our nature.

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2 years, 8 months ago
This is a short course, but a great overview of primates, and especially chimpanzees. You'll the result of decades of work, and learn interesting things on how do chimpanzees think, what do they like to do, how they imitate or learn to count, and learn about how to protect them. The lectures have embedded videos of real-life experiments, and it's great to watch them and learn about them from someone's own experience. All in all, I'm looking forward to a possible sequel.
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2 years, 9 months ago
This course offers an introduction to the human ancestry, how the primates brains work and how have we evolved over thousand of years of existence. We get insights through the experiments and researches with primates (specifically chimpanzees) of the professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa. In four weeks you will learn about differences between the primates, the thinking behaviour of them, always compared to humans. Unfortunately it is a short course and the lectures don't dive deeply into the subjects. So if you want to know more about, you can read the professor Matsuzawa's published papers.
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