Philosophy and Evolutionary Psychology

Dr W. Lambert Gardiner
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There is talk of re-opening Plato's Academy. Plato's work was brilliant considering the limited tools at his disposal. However, in the interval, our species has acquired powerful tools which enable us to acquire a grasp of mind and consciousness. We should consider, for example, the work of evolutionary psychologists. Titles such as How the Mind Works and Consciousness Explained may be premature and presumptuous but they are not preposterous. Part of the conception-day gift is a means of storing information (Memory) and a means of transmitting information (Speech). This first generation of media is adequate for a hunter-gatherer society. However, we have extended our nervous system by storing and transmitting information outside our bodies - storing (Print and Film), transmitting (Telephone and Television) and both storing and transmitting (Multimedia and Internet). Those three generations of media have enabled us to move, respectively, to an agricultural, industrial, and information society.

Keywords: Philosophy, Evolutionary psychology, Media
Stream: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: From Plato to Pinker: On Re-opening Plato's Academy

Dr W. Lambert Gardiner

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies Loyola Campus,, Concordia University, Montreal

Dr W. Lambert Gardiner has been leading his life in volume-sized episodes for the convenience of biographers. 0-20 Growing up in Scotland. 20-25 Undergraduate in Canada - B.A. Concordia University. 25-30 Graduate in United States - Ph.D. (Psychology) Cornell University. 30-35 Teaching Psychology at Concordia - three books (Psychology: A Story of a Search, An Invitation to Cognitive Psychology, and The Psychology of Teaching). 35-45 Sabbatical - author-in-residence at Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, California. 45-50 Member of interdisciplinary, interuniversity think tank GAMMA, 50-70 Teaching Communication Studies at Concordia - three books (The Ubiquitous Chip: The Human Impact of Electronic Technology, A History of Media, and Media: Past, Present, and Future).

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