Evolutionary psychology, metaphor and so forth

Browsing for information about the difference between intuition and logical problem-solving, I wandered onto this interesting 2002 article about evolutionary psychology, which is described as a mashup of sorts. The application of physiology to sociology and psychology. Though that ‘s an oversimplification. Read the article for a better explanation.

Incidentally I found the collection of AdSense links associated with this article quite funny:

Evolutionary Adsense

Anyway. I’m from an academic family. In fact I’m the only person in my immediate family without a PhD. (I’m so proud!) Academic research is at some level the reason behind “reassembler”. It seemed to me at one point that in order to get a PhD, one had to research and write a dissertation on an impossibly obscure topic – a tiny slice out at the fringes of the chosen discipline. “A morphonemic analysis of passive verbs ending in -it in Proto-Finno-Ugric” or some such thing. I found cross-disciplinary stuff more interesting and initially my honors thesis was going to be about the neurological basis of linguistics. Unfortunately I lacked, shall we say, the intellectual focus to execute such a topic. (I settled for Metaphor as a managable subject. Hat tip to My Brother the Real Linguist for pointing me to Metaphors We Live By. ) Anyway it’s interesting to take these deeply researched individual disciplines and start mixing them together.

Hope to find more about the original question (intuition versus logic). Particularly neural maps. Suggestions, anyone?

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2 thoughts on “Evolutionary psychology, metaphor and so forth

  1. James Surowiecki of the New Yorker wrote “The Wisdom of Crowds” which I believe gets at some of what you’re asking.

    here’s URL for book:
    http://www.randomhouse.com/features/wisdomofcrowds/

    here’s an excerpt from website synopsis

    “Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    “This seemingly counterintuitive notion has endless and major ramifications for how businesses operate, how knowledge is advanced, how economies are (or should be) organized and how we live our daily lives. With seemingly boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, economic behaviorism, artificial intelligence, military history and political theory to show just how this principle operates in the real world.”

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