Terrence W. Deacon on Causes - Dictionary of Arguments
Cause/effect/Deacon: in the co-evolution of language and brain, the relationship between cause and effect was reversed in that the new ability of the symbolic reference (which is reserved for the human species alone) was decoupled from genetic transmission.
>Symbolic Reference, >Reference, >Brain/Deacon, >Language/Deacon,
If it is true that there has been a pressure in selection on symbolic organisms, our unique mental ability must also be understood in these terms.
Then the architecture of our brains should also show systematic deviations from the architecture of monkey brains.
>Animals, >Animal language._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
T. W. Deacon
The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of language and the Brain New York 1998
Terrence W. Deacon
Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter New York 2013