Dark Matter of the Mind

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IAI Academy is a new online platform with courses from leading scholars on the ideas that matter. With a philosophical take on today’s biggest questions the courses are available to everyone for free.
IAI Academy is a new online platform with courses from leading scholars on the ideas that matter. With a philosophical take on today’s biggest questions the courses are available to everyone for free.
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Most linguists and anthropologists look to other cultures to try and discover something fundamentally ‘human’, and many think there is something fundamental in our genes, our language, or our myths that we all share.

In this course, revolutionary linguist Daniel Everett shares his lifetime’s experience with the remote Pirahã people of the Amazon, and makes the case that there is nothing essential to ‘human nature’- but rather that our genetics express themselves differently through different cultures.

In this course you will learn:
  • Why the ‘dark matter of the mind’ shapes our ideas and attitudes.
  • How epigenetics undermines the idea of genetic determinism.
  • The flaws in the thinking behind universal archetypes, language and myths.
  • Why neural flexibility is the key for our species’ success.
  • The evolutionary importance of our relationships with animals
  • How language functions as a cultural tool.
  • What it means to have a sense of self.
  • How we should ...
Most linguists and anthropologists look to other cultures to try and discover something fundamentally ‘human’, and many think there is something fundamental in our genes, our language, or our myths that we all share.

In this course, revolutionary linguist Daniel Everett shares his lifetime’s experience with the remote Pirahã people of the Amazon, and makes the case that there is nothing essential to ‘human nature’- but rather that our genetics express themselves differently through different cultures.

In this course you will learn:
  • Why the ‘dark matter of the mind’ shapes our ideas and attitudes.
  • How epigenetics undermines the idea of genetic determinism.
  • The flaws in the thinking behind universal archetypes, language and myths.
  • Why neural flexibility is the key for our species’ success.
  • The evolutionary importance of our relationships with animals
  • How language functions as a cultural tool.
  • What it means to have a sense of self.
  • How we should imagine the mind as part of the body.
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