Publication 6975

Nixon G. M. (2006) Mortal knowledge, the originary event, and the emergence of the sacred. Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology XII(1): 1–24. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/6975
At the point when cultural evolution comes largely to replace biological evolution, we may find our quarry. “Man must be defined by his mind” (Gans, 1990, p. 2). What we seek here is the origin of the human mind, that is, the abstract space of subjectivity that creates knowledge and divides self from world through the binary structures of symbolic communication. What is learned is knowledge, and knowledge is always and only a symbolic construction (however successful its practical application may be). It is only with self-reflective subjectivity that conscious learning (as opposed to unconsciously reactive behavioral modification) begins. Relevance: Language led to mortal knowledge, which led to the radical constructivism of the human mind.

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