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Cognitive Variations: Reflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind

Geoffrey Lloyd


This book presents a study of the problems posed by the unity and diversity of the human mind. On the one hand, as humans we all share broadly the same anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and certain psychological capabilities — the capacity to learn a language, for instance. On the other, different individuals and groups have very different talents, tastes, and beliefs, for instance about how they see themselves, other humans and the world around them. These issues are highly charged, for any denial of psychic unity savours of racism, while many assertions of psychic diversity raise the spectr ... More

Keywords: human mind, psychic unity, colour perception, spatial cognition, animal taxonomy, plant taxonomy, health, self, nature, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214617
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Lloyd, author
Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science, University of Cambridge
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