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Human Lifeworlds

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This book, which presents a cognitive-semiotic theory of cultural evolution, including that taking place in historical time, analyses various cognitive-semiotic artefacts and abilities. It claims that what makes human beings human is fundamentally the semiotic and cultural skills by means of which they endow their Lifeworld with meaning. The properties that have made human beings special among animals living in the terrestrial biosphere do not derive entirely from their biological-genetic evolution, but also stem from their interaction with the environment, in its culturally interpreted form, the Lifeworld. This, in turn, becomes possible thanks to the human ability to learn from other thinking beings, and to transfer experiences, knowledge, meaning, and perspectives to new generations.
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Contents: Goeran Sonesson/David Duner: The Cognitive Semiotics of Cultural Evolution - Goeran Sonesson: Lifeworlds: The Cognitive Semiotics of Culture - Jordan Zlatev: Mimesis: The Role of Bodily Mimesis for the Evolution of Human Culture and Language - Gerd Carling: Language: The Role of Culture and Environment in Proto-Vocabularies - Sara Lenninger: Pictures: Perceptions of Realism in the Service of Communication - Michael Ranta: Art: On the Evolutionary Foundations of Art and Aesthetics - Anna Cabak Redei/Michael Ranta: Narrativity: Individual and Collective Aspects of Storytelling - Chapter Seven: Religion: The Semiotics of the Axial Age - Goeran Sonesson/Gunnar Sandin: Urbanity: The City as the Specifically Human Niche - David Duner: Science: The Structure of Scientific Evolutions - David Duner/Goeran Sonesson: Encounters: The Discovery of the Unknown - Goeran Sonesson: Cultural Evolution: Human History as the Continuation of Evolution by (Partially) Other Means.

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David Duner, Professor of History of Ideas, Lund University, has been concerned with the history of sciences in the 17th-18th century, and more recently with cognitive history. Goeran Sonesson, Professor of Cognitive Semiotics, Lund University, has written extensively on pictorial and cultural semiotics, and more recently on semiotic evolution and development.

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