PhilSoc: Ross Pain - "Stone tools, predictive processing and the evolution of language”

Date and time: 25/05/21, 15:30-17:00
Location: RSSS 6.71
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Abstract: In this talk I argue that making stone tools was an important precursor to the evolution of language. Recent experimental work suggests a neuroanatomical overlap between toolmaking and language production; here I examine the case for overlap in information processing demands. I propose a prediction error minimisation account of these demands, and argue that this adds some clarity to the various ways in which cognition, action and language are understood as 'hierarchical'. I then situate my account within the broader logical geography of theories of the evolution of language, with a focus on recent work by Planer and Sterelny (2021).

Date & time

Tue 25 May 2021, 3:30pm


Ross Pain

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Justin Mendelow


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