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Without Miracles: The Evolution, Acquisition, and Use of Language

http://faculty.ed.uiuc.edu/g-cziko/wm/11.html

Chapter from Prof. Gary Cziko's book "Without Miracles: Universal Selection Theory and the Second Darwinian Revolution."

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The Thinking Meat Project

http://www.thinkingmeat.com/

Essays and weblog entries on various topics regarding human nature.

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The Pleistocene and the Origins of Human Culture:

http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Richerson/Speed.htm

Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argue that the specific mechanism by which humans mastered the Pleistocene is our capacity to evolve adaptations to the variation of Plio-Pleistocene environments via cultural traditions.

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The Evolution of Ethics: Cybernetic Ethics

http://www.evolutionaryethics.com/

"The evolution of ethical systems is described in scientific terms using cybernetics as its logical foundation. A plausible theory of the integration of science and ethics." Online book

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Psychology, Culture, and Evolution

http://arts.uwaterloo.ca/~acheyne/

Site has three sections: the first is concerned with the evolution of the human capacity to construct signs; the second deals with Cultural-Historical Psychology; the third concerns theories and arguments about the evolution of brain, consciousness, language, and sociality.

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Precis of Origins of the Modern Mind

http://www.bbsonline.org/documents/a/00/00/05/66/bbs00000566-00/bbs.donald.html

The central hypothesis in this paper is that there were three major cognitive transformations by which the modern human mind emerged over several million years: 1) mimetic skill and autocueing, 2) lexical invention, 3) externalization of memory.

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Machines Like Us

http://machineslikeus.com/

A web resource for those interested in evolution, cognition, synthetic life, artificial intelligence and general science that improves the human condition.

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Intelligent Socio-Cognitive Systems: New TOGA Reconceptualization of Socio-Cognitive Engineering

http://erg4146.casaccia.enea.it/toga-tech.html

Paper on the engineering of highly complex large aggregates of intelligence-based systems in the real world environment.

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Emanuel Diamant

http://www.vidia-mant.info/

Publications on cognition, artificial intelligence, robotics and information processing in the human brain.

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Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture

http://msupress.msu.edu/journals/cont/

A scholarly journal dedicated to the exploration, criticism, and development of Ren Girard's mimetic model of the relationship between violence and religion in the genesis and maintenance of culture.

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Cognitive Science & Literature & Composition

http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~jbl00001/cogsci/index.shtml

Writings applying cognitive science to the study of literature and composition, including chapters from a book. Also includes links to other relevant material.

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Cog Web

http://cogweb.ucla.edu/

Research tool for exploring the relevance of the study of human cognition to communication and the arts. Features articles, discourse and bibliography.

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Brain Channels - Evolving Human Intelligence

http://www.brainchannels.com/

Extensive site containing sections on evolution, "memory expansion" and brain research news.

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Basic References on the Global Brain / Superorganism

http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/GBRAINREF.html

Short annotated bibliography and link list related to theories of the global brain. "Society can be viewed as a multicellular organism, with individuals in the role of the cells. The network of communication channels connecting individuals then plays the role of a nervous system for this superorganism, i.e. a "global brain"."

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