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Author Reyna, Stephen P.

Title Connections : brain, mind, and culture in a social anthropology / Stephen P. Reyna
Published New York : Routledge, 2002
New York ; London : Routledge, 2002


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Description x, 220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents 1. Introduction -- Pt. I. Bungled connections -- 2. Conjectural hermeneutics and 'insurmountable dualism' -- 3. Confronting the 'insurmountable' -- Pt. II. The connector -- 4. Neurohermeneutics -- 5. A neurohermeneutic theory of culture -- Pt. III. Coda -- 6. What neurohermeneutics is not and is: is not a biological uber-determinism; is a knotty causation -- 7. A Boasian social anthropology
Summary "Connections unites two warring intellectual traditions - hermeneutics and cognitive neuroscience - proposing that brain structures form a cultural neurohermeneutic system which functions like a bow firing arrows linking past and future realities. This system is a connector in human affairs and can explain everyday life. Its precise anatomy remains speculative, but enough is known to hypothesize that it functions as an interpretive hierarchy that permits individuals to make increasingly complex interpretations of social events on the basis of cultural memory."
"This book also marries another odd couple. Because 'string being' involves people's actions, and because these are understood to be social phenomena, the anthropology outlined here is very much a social one. However, Reyna argues that it is also Boasian, because it recognizes and embraces the relationship between the biological and cultural. He proposes that a Boasian social anthropology might be a way to make anthropology the central social, cultural, and biological discipline for studying the human condition." "This challenging work rethinks a number of topics crucial to understanding the human condition - brain, mind, culture, the social, and causality. Written in an accessible and entertaining style, it will be essential reading for anyone studying and practicing anthropology, as well as philosophers of the mind, psychologists, and cognitive scientists."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [191-211) and index
Subject Culture.
Cognition and culture.
LC no. 2001048454
ISBN 0415271541 alkaline paper
041527155X paperback alkaline paper