Session IV: The Evolutive Mind: The uniqueness of human social ontology

In Javier Monserrat (ed.), Pensamiento, Cienca, Filosofía y religión. pp. 709-721 (2011)
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Darwin’s theory of evolution argued that the human race evolved from the same original cell as all other animals. Biological principles such as randomness, adaption and natural selection led to the evolution of different species including the human species. Based on this evolutionary sameness, Donald R. Griffin (1915-2003) challenged the behaviourist claim that animal communication is characterized as merely groans of pain. This paper argues that (1) all animals are embedded in a social system. (2) However, that does not mean that all animals are social animals. (3) That the human social ontology remains to be unique due to a gene-cultural co-evolution.
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