Mind and Language Architecture

Robert K Logan*
Chief Scientist, Strategic Innovation Lab, Ontario College of Art and Design, Professor Emeritus Physics, University of Toronto, Canada

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A distinction is made between the brain and the mind. The architecture of the mind and language is then described within a neo-dualistic framework. A model for the origin of language based on emergence theory is presented.

The complexity of hominid existence due to tool making, the control of fire and the social cooperation that fire required gave rise to a new level of order in mental activity and triggered the simultaneous emergence of language and conceptual thought. The mind is shown to have emerged as a bifurcation of the brain with the emergence of language. The role of language in the evolution of human culture is also described.

Keywords: Mind, brain, emergence, conceptual thought, percepts, concepts, language.