The Mind in the Cave

The Mind in the Cave

How did these images spring into the human story? This book, a masterful piece of detective work, puts forward the most plausible explanation yet.

Author: David Lewis-Williams

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500770306

Category: History

Page: 291

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The art created in the caves of western Europe in the Ice Age provokes awe and wonder. What do these symbols on the walls of Lascaux and Altamira, tell us about the nature of ancestral minds? How did these images spring into the human story? This book, a masterful piece of detective work, puts forward the most plausible explanation yet.
Categories: History

Inside the Neolithic Mind

Inside the Neolithic Mind

This fascinating book continues the story begun in the bestselling and critically acclaimed book The Mind in the Cave.

Author: David Lewis-Williams


ISBN: 0500294410

Category: Civilization, Ancient

Page: 320

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Now in compact paperback, a compelling examination of how brain structure and cultural context interacted in the Neolithic period, 10,000 years ago, to produce unique patterns in belief systems.
Categories: Civilization, Ancient

Evolution and the Emergent Self

Evolution and the Emergent Self

Ibid., 195; Mithen, “Ethnobiology and the Evolution of the Human Mind,” S51. 6. J.
David Lewis-Williams, The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of
Art (London: Thames and Hudson, 2002). 7. Ibid., 80. 8. F. d'Errico et al., ...

Author: Raymond L. Neubauer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231521680

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Evolution and the Emergent Self is an eloquent and evocative new synthesis that explores how the human species emerged from the cosmic dust. Lucidly presenting ideas about the rise of complexity in our genetic, neuronal, ecological, and ultimately cosmological settings, the author takes readers on a provocative tour of modern science's quest to understand our place in nature and in our universe. Readers fascinated with "Big History" and drawn to examine big ideas will be challenged and enthralled by Raymond L. Neubauer's ambitious narrative. How did humans emerge from the cosmos and the pre-biotic Earth, and what mechanisms of biological, chemical, and physical sciences drove this increasingly complex process? Neubauer presents a view of nature that describes the rising complexity of life in terms of increasing information content, first in genes and then in brains. The evolution of the nervous system expanded the capacity of organisms to store information, making learning possible. In key chapters, the author portrays four species with high brain:body ratios—chimpanzees, elephants, ravens, and dolphins—showing how each species shares with humans the capacity for complex communication, elaborate social relationships, flexible behavior, tool use, and powers of abstraction. A large brain can have a hierarchical arrangement of circuits that facilitates higher levels of abstraction. Neubauer describes this constellation of qualities as an emergent self, arguing that self-awareness is nascent in several species besides humans and that potential human characteristics are embedded in the evolutionary process and have emerged repeatedly in a variety of lineages on our planet. He ultimately demonstrates that human culture is not a unique offshoot of a language-specialized primate, but an analogue of fundamental mechanisms that organisms have used since the beginning of life on Earth to gather and process information in order to buffer themselves from fluctuations in the environment. Neubauer also views these developments in a cosmic setting, detailing open thermodynamic systems that grow more complex as the energy flowing through them increases. Similar processes of increasing complexity can be found in the "self-organizing" structures of both living and nonliving forms. Recent evidence from astronomy indicates that planet formation may be nearly as frequent as star formation. Since life makes use of the elements commonly seeded into space by burning and expiring stars, it is reasonable to speculate that the evolution of life and intelligence that happened on our planet may be found across the universe.
Categories: Science



... 1967 ) The Mind in the Cave : Consciousness and the Origins of Art by David
LewisWilliams ( Thames & Hudson , 2002 ) The Roots of Civilization : The
Cognitive Beginnings of Man ' s First Art , Symbol and Notation by Alexander
Marshack ...

Author: Richard Lewis

Publisher: Touchstone Center Publicati

ISBN: 1929299036

Category: Art

Page: 56

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CAVE: An Evocation of the Beginnings of Art by Richard Lewis is a poetic imagining why humans over thirty thousand years ago began to paint on the walls of dark caves astonishing images of animals they hunted and revered. Illustrating the book ar
Categories: Art

The Poems of Browning Volume One

The Poems of Browning  Volume One

Or we will go together, like twin gods Of the infernal world, with scented lamp
Over the dead—to call and to awake— Over the unshaped images which lie 970
Within my mind's cave—only leaving all That tells of the past doubts. So when ...

Author: John Woolford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317873167

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 840

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The Poems of Browning is the first collected edition to be based on the earliest printed texts, and to present these texts in order of their composition.Together, volumes I and II provide an authoritative and accessible tribute to this great poet. Volume I, 1826-1840 traces Browning's career up to the writing of Sordello. It includes his only surviving juvenilia: The Dance of Death and The First-Borm of Egypt; Pauline, his first anonymous publication, and Paracelsus, the poem which made his literary reputation.
Categories: Literary Criticism



There was something exceedingly awful in the impression made on my mind by
the cave of the Magdalena . The approach to it is first over wild rocky hills then
through a forest abounding in bears . Here , concealed from the pathway by a
dark ...

Author: Peter Evan Turnbull


ISBN: ONB:+Z155318905



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The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

and YATES, R. (1996). Preliminary results from excavations at Steenbokfontein
Cave: implications for past and future research. ... (2002). The Mind in the Cave:
Consciousness and the Origins of Art. London: Thames & Hudson. ——— (2008).

Author: Peter Mitchell

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191626159

Category: Social Science

Page: 1080

View: 939

Africa has the longest and arguably the most diverse archaeological record of any of the continents. It is where the human lineage first evolved and from where Homo sapiens spread across the rest of the world. Later, it witnessed novel experiments in food-production and unique trajectories to urbanism and the organisation of large communities that were not always structured along strictly hierarchical lines. Millennia of engagement with societies in other parts of the world confirm Africa's active participation in the construction of the modern world, while the richness of its history, ethnography, and linguistics provide unusually powerful opportunities for constructing interdisciplinary narratives of Africa's past. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of African archaeology, covering the entirety of the continent's past from the beginnings of human evolution to the archaeological legacy of European colonialism. As well as covering almost all periods and regions of the continent, it includes a mixture of key methodological and theoretical issues and debates, and situates the subject's contemporary practice within the discipline's history and the infrastructural challenges now facing its practitioners. Bringing together essays on all these themes from over seventy contributors, many of them living and working in Africa, it offers a highly accessible, contemporary account of the subject for use by scholars and students of not only archaeology, but also history, anthropology, and other disciplines.
Categories: Social Science

Lone Survivors

Lone Survivors

Lewis-Williams, D. The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins ofArt.
Thames & Hudson, London, 2002. Lycett, S. J., M. Collard and W. C. McGrew. “
Phylogenetic analyses of behavior support existence of culture among wild ...

Author: Chris Stringer

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429973441

Category: Science

Page: 336

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A leading researcher on human evolution proposes a new and controversial theory of how our species came to be In this groundbreaking and engaging work of science, world-renowned paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer sets out a new theory of humanity's origin, challenging both the multiregionalists (who hold that modern humans developed from ancient ancestors in different parts of the world) and his own "out of Africa" theory, which maintains that humans emerged rapidly in one small part of Africa and then spread to replace all other humans within and outside the continent. Stringer's new theory, based on archeological and genetic evidence, holds that distinct humans coexisted and competed across the African continent—exchanging genes, tools, and behavioral strategies. Stringer draws on analyses of old and new fossils from around the world, DNA studies of Neanderthals (using the full genome map) and other species, and recent archeological digs to unveil his new theory. He shows how the most sensational recent fossil findings fit with his model, and he questions previous concepts (including his own) of modernity and how it evolved. Lone Survivors will be the definitive account of who and what we were, and will change perceptions about our origins and about what it means to be human.
Categories: Science

The Ancestor s Tale

The Ancestor s Tale

... our extraplanetary observer's uniformitarian view would stand up to much
searching analysis, but it could be at least briefly defended. David Lewis-
Williams's The Mind in the Cave considers the whole question of Upper
Palaeolithic cave art, ...

Author: Richard Dawkins

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618005838

Category: Science

Page: 673

View: 279

A renowned biologist provides a sweeping chronicle of more than four billion years of life on Earth, shedding new light on evolutionary theory and history, sexual selection, speciation, extinction, genetics, and geographical dispersal.
Categories: Science

The Freudian Labyrinth

The Freudian Labyrinth

The grand myth of Crete's labyrinth is important to keep in mind. In the cave
dwells the Minotaur, the human with a bull's head, who kills all who venture into
his maze. Theseus enters the cave with a magic sword (psychoanalysis) while ...

Author: Frank Reinhardt Morris


ISBN: 9781435714786

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 886

A psychotherapeutic journey from boyhood to adulthood. The author sifted through a century of Freudian theory and in this book through self-examination, explains specifically how those theories can be used for an individual's liberation. Beginning with personal conflicts, the reader is led through a maze of identity formation and into the achievement of true intimacy.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Cythna seems to have unearthed the secrets buried in the cave of the mind” (37).
Abbey also proposes an important contrast between the epistemology of this
stanza and that of Mont Blanc: “if 'Mont Blanc' makes the mind the channel for the

Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421411095

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1152

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"His name is Percy Bysshe Shelley, and he is the author of a poetical work entitled Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude." With these words, the radical journalist and poet Leigh Hunt announced his discovery in 1816 of an extraordinary talent within "a new school of poetry rising of late." The third volume of the acclaimed edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley includes Alastor, one of Shelley’s first major works, and all the poems that Shelley completed, for either private circulation or publication, during the turbulent years from 1814 to March 1818: Hymn to Intellectual Beauty, Mont Blanc, Laon and Cythna, as well as shorter pieces, such as his most famous sonnet, Ozymandias. It was during these years that Shelley, already an accomplished and practiced poet with three volumes of published verse, authored two major volumes, earned international recognition, and became part of the circle that was later called the Younger Romantics. As with previous volumes, extensive discussions of the poems’ composition, influences, publication, circulation, reception, and critical history accompany detailed records of textual variants for each work. Among the appendixes are Mary W. Shelley’s 1839 notes on the poems for these years, a table of the forty-two revisions made to Laon and Cythna for its reissue as The Revolt of Islam, and Shelley’s errata list for the same. It is in the works included in this volume that the recognizable and characteristic voice of Shelley emerges—unmistakable, consistent, and vital.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Landscape of the Mind

Landscape of the Mind

See also Middle Stone Age, in Africa; modernity Boden, Margaret, 8. See also
creativity Bodo (Ethiopia), 81 Boëda, Eric, 89–90. See also Levallois prepared-
core technology Bone Cave (Tasmania), 207n.41 Bonn-Oberkassel (Germany),

Author: John F. Hoffecker

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231518482

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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In Landscape of the Mind, John F. Hoffecker explores the origin and growth of the human mind, drawing on archaeology, history, and the fossil record. He suggests that, as an indirect result of bipedal locomotion, early humans developed a feedback relationship among their hands, brains, and tools that evolved into the capacity to externalize thoughts in the form of shaped stone objects. When anatomically modern humans evolved a parallel capacity to externalize thoughts as symbolic language, individual brains within social groups became integrated into a "neocortical Internet," or super-brain, giving birth to the mind. Noting that archaeological traces of symbolism coincide with evidence of the ability to generate novel technology, Hoffecker contends that human creativity, as well as higher order consciousness, is a product of the superbrain. He equates the subsequent growth of the mind with human history, which began in Africa more than 50,000 years ago. As anatomically modern humans spread across the globe, adapting to a variety of climates and habitats, they redesigned themselves technologically and created alternative realities through tools, language, and art. Hoffecker connects the rise of civilization to a hierarchical reorganization of the super-brain, triggered by explosive population growth. Subsequent human history reflects to varying degrees the suppression of the mind's creative powers by the rigid hierarchies of nationstates and empires, constraining the further accumulation of knowledge. The modern world emerged after 1200 from the fragments of the Roman Empire, whose collapse had eliminated a central authority that could thwart innovation. Hoffecker concludes with speculation about the possibility of artificial intelligence and the consequences of a mind liberated from its organic antecedents to exist in an independent, nonbiological form.
Categories: Social Science



spirit which is illuminated in the darkness of the cave, the shadowside which
matters to the world beyond compare. The Kogi child in the cave is encouraged
to live in the fertile dark of the mind, the brain cave where imagination shines
brighter ...

Author: Jay Griffiths

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141902333

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Kith is Jay Griffiths's passionate examination of what it means to be a child. While travelling the world in order to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths became increasingly aware of the huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle, in particular, captured her imagination: Why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy -- and why is it that children in many traditional cultures seem happier? In Kith, Jay Griffiths explores these questions and many more. Moving from communities in West Papua and the Arctic to the ostracised young people of contemporary Britain, she asks why we have enclosed our children in a consumerist cornucopia but denied them the freedoms of space, time and deep play. She uses history, philosophy, language and literature to illustrate children's affinity for the natural world and the essential quest element of childhood. Kith is Jay Griffiths' impassioned, illuminating analysis of a universal rite of passage and an antidote to books such as Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In its urgent defence of the rights and needs of every child, it is a journey into the heart of human experience. 'Kith could have been written by no-one but Jay Griffiths. It is ablaze with her love of the physical world and her passionate moral sense that goodness and a true relation with nature are intimately connected. She has the same visionary understanding of childhood that we find in Blake and Wordsworth, and John Clare would have read her with delight. Her work isn't just good -- it's necessary' Philip Pullman 'Jay Griffiths writes with such richness and mischief about the one thing that could truly save the world: its children' KT Tunstall 'An impassioned, visionary plea to restore to our children the spirit of adventure, freedom and closeness to nature that is their birthright. We must hear it and act on it before it is too late' Iain McGilchrist Jay Griffiths is the author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time; Wild: An Elemental Journey; and A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, a novella about the life of Frida Kahlo. She is the winner of the inaugural Orion Book Award and of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA. She has also been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the World Book Day award.
Categories: Social Science

The Escape of the Mind

The Escape of the Mind

Then he imagines what it would be like for one of these prisoners to be freed and
brought out of the dark cave and into the bright sunlight of our world. He
describes the initial blindness and the subsequent enlightenment that the freed
prisoner ...

Author: Howard Rachlin PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199322374

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

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The Escape of the Mind is part of a current movement in psychology and philosophy of mind that calls into question what is perhaps our most basic, most cherished, and universally accepted belief--that our minds are inside of our bodies. Howard Rachlin adopts the counterintuitive position that our minds, conscious and unconscious, lie not where our firmest (yet unsupported) introspections tell us they are, but in how we actually behave over the long run. Perhaps paradoxically, the book argues that our introspections, no matter how positive we are about them, tell us absolutely nothing about our minds. The name of the present version of this approach to the mind is "teleological behaviorism." The approaches of teleological behaviorism will be useful in the science of individual behavior for developing methods of self-control and in the science of social behavior for developing social cooperation. Without in any way denigrating the many contributions of neuroscience to human welfare, The Escape of the Mind argues that neuroscience, like introspection, is not a royal road to the understanding of the mind. Where then should we look to explain a present act that is clearly caused by the mind? Teleological behaviorism says to look not in the spatial recesses of the nervous system (not to the mechanism underlying the act) but in the temporal recesses of past and future overt behavior (to the pattern of which the act is a part). But scientific usefulness is not the only reason for adopting teleological behaviorism. The final two chapters on IBM's computer, Watson (how it deviates from humanity and how it would have to be altered to make it human), and on shaping a coherent self, provide a framework for a secular morality based on teleological behaviorism.
Categories: Psychology

The Platform Sutra

The Platform Sutra

But if you practice Empty-mind Zen... ” But if you practice Empty-mind Zen. The
Huihsin edition has: “If you ching-tso: 'sit quietly' with an empty mind.” The
Tunhuang Cave edition (as amended by Suzuki) has “If you tso: 'sit' with an
empty mind.


Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 9781582439952

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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A Zen Buddhist masterpiece, winner of the 2018 Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation. The Platform Sutra occupies a central place in Zen (Ch’an) Buddhist instruction for students and spiritual seekers worldwide. It is often linked with The Heart Sutra and The Diamond Sutra to form a trio of texts that have been revered and studied for centuries. However, unlike the other sutras, which transcribe the teachings of the Buddha himself, The Platform Sutra presents the autobiography of Hui-neng, the controversial 6th Patriarch of Zen, and his understanding of the fundamentals of a spiritual and practical life. Hui-neng’s instruction still matters—the 7th-century school of Sudden Awakening that he founded survives today, continuing to influence the Rinzai and Soto schools of contemporary Zen. Red Pine, whose translations of The Heart Sutra and The Diamond Sutra have been celebrated and widely received, now provides a sensitive and assured treatment of the third and final sutra of the classic triumvirate. He adds remarkable commentary to a translation that, combined with the full Chinese text, a glossary, and notes, results in a Mahayana masterpiece sure to become the standard edition for students and seekers alike.
Categories: Religion

Seasons of the Mind

Seasons of the Mind

On the day of his release, a reporter asked him what had occupied his mind
during his long confinement. ... the Jewish people, and Ishmael, the founder of
the Arab people, standing side-by-side at the Cave of Machpelah, mourning her

Author: Bernard S. Raskas

Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing

ISBN: 0822542587

Category: Religion

Page: 302

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Rabbi Bernie Raskas has been living and teaching his faith for over 50 years. He offers witty, yet practical, commentary on life, faith, and spirituality.
Categories: Religion

The Spiritual Battle With The Mind

The Spiritual Battle With The Mind

The battle of the mind will bring questions, because the mind wrestles without
knowing why. David wrestled with many ... Later he resorted to hiding in a cave (1
Samuel 24:3), clearly showing the Devil's plan to keep him isolated was working.

Author: Paul R. Hillman

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781483668048

Category: Religion

Page: 154

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The focus of the book is to let the readers know that the Devil's focus is to use the mind as a place of isolation. He will try to bring back the past of fear to block one from reaching his or her own destiny. This book tells you that only the word of God brings healing to the mind. In addition, only the word of God can bring restoration to a mind that is wrestling, and a heart that is broken. When you finish reading this book, you will be able to get past your pass, from the old you, into a brand new you. It all begins in the belief in your mind.
Categories: Religion

The Clan of the Cave Bear Enhanced Edition

The Clan of the Cave Bear  Enhanced Edition

head and withdrew a portion of the brain of the man who had been killed by the
cave bear. A whirling, spinning vertigo brought Ayla to the ... She felt a tickling
sensation inside her brain, inside her mind, and a counterpull that slowly drew
her ...

Author: Jean M. Auel

Publisher: Bantam Dell

ISBN: 9780345529329

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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This enhanced eBook includes: • Eight never-before-seen video interviews with Jean M. Auel where she discusses The Clan of the Cave Bear and the Earth’s Children® series: “You Must Be Able to Change in Order to Survive,” “Jondalar and Ayla,” “On Language," “Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals: The Crossbreeding Question,” “On Research (and Glaciers),” “The Domestication of Horses and Wolves,” “The Painted Caves,” and “What Is It Like Finishing a Series?” • An excerpt from The Land of Painted Caves • An Earth’s Children® series sampler • A text Q&A with Jean M. Auel • The full text of the novel This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.
Categories: Fiction

Resurrection Initiation

Resurrection Initiation

Upon arrival in Gangotri a saddhu met us and offered us free accommodation in
a cave. We agreed. Gangotri is a small village ... I needed answers, some form of
intellectual balm to ease my mind. I wanted definitive answers; why did this ...

Author: Midas Mantra

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465303162

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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Is there life after death? What are the pyramids for? What is The Process and t he Joy man’s destiny on Earth? In 2001 I died and became the god of resurrection. In this divine state I promised to ‘teach of the process and of the joy’ before returning to my body, fi nding myself in a world of strange auras and weird synchronicity. My hedonistic life of travel crumbled as I struggled to cope with the enormity of this experience and my new found view of the world. Just as I was fi nding my feet, I died again and travelled to the Godhead. Through meditation I experienced the breathless state of Samadhi and travelled the corridors of the cosmic temple of the wheel of time. Through books I found confi rmation as to the nature of the resurrection initiation and its use by ancient shaman, Egyptian, Mayan and Indian kings as well as by Jesus and Plato. This book is an attempt to fulfi l my souls promise and unveil the great mystery.
Categories: Religion