CARTA: Is the Human Mind Unique? – Nicholas Humphrey: Entering the “Soul Niche”
Date: 5/3/2013; 15 minutes

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Human beings are animal-machines with added souls. This was famously Descartes' view, and it's the view of a good many people today. Nicholas Humphrey (Darwin College) is one of them. He contends that humans have evolved a kind of consciousness that, when egged on by culture, leads them to have an extraordinary view of their own metaphysical importance. In fact, Humphrey believes that it is arguably the main driver of human evolution in the last hundred thousand years. (#24983)

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