Philosophy and Evolutionary Psychology
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
Dr W. Lambert Gardiner
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies Loyola Campus,, Concordia University, Montreal