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Conference: Colin Renfrew – The Sapient Paradox

The Humanities Futures initiative at the Franklin Humanities Institute
the Ancient Mind: Neuroarchaeology Working Group
Colin Renfrew
Disney Professor Emeritus of Archaeology and former Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge
Monday, November 14th, 5pm
Reception follows talk
“The Sapient Paradox: Social Interaction as a Foundation of Mind”
Intelligent purposive behaviour is a feature of many species. Yet systematic engagement with the material world takes on a new dimension with the systematic production of tools. Why it took so long for this to develop into more impressive aspects of behaviour seen with the first village communities constitutes the sapient paradox. It will be argued that within the new social relations that then developed lie the key foundations of mind.’
Tuesday, November 15th, 10am
“Measure as a Metric of Mind”
Mind is a difficult property to discern and to pin down in early prehistoric communities. Yet the practice of measure, sometimes involving the use of recognisable units, is a valuable indicator.
This event is generously cosponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies; the Department of Classical Studies; and the Wired! Lab, all at Duke University.
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Free and open to the public. Please register here.
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