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Neuroscience, evolution and the sapient paradox: the factuality of value and of the sacred.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18292058     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The human genome, and hence the human brain at birth, may not have changed greatly over the past 60000 years. Yet many of the major behavioural changes that we associate with most human societies are very much more recent, some appearing with the sedentary revolution of some 10000 years ago. Among these are activities implying the emergence of powerful concepts of value and of the sacred. What then are the neuronal mechanisms that may underlie these consistent, significant (and emergent) patterns of behaviour?
Authors:
Colin Renfrew
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences     Volume:  363     ISSN:  0962-8436     ISO Abbreviation:  Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., B, Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-30     Completed Date:  2008-08-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503623     Medline TA:  Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2041-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3ER, UK. acr10@cam.ac.uk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Archaeology*
Brain / physiology
Cognition*
Consciousness
Culture
Evolution*
Humans
Neurosciences*
Religion and Psychology*
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