Neuroanthropology

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The behaviourome: The Human Idea Map

Posted by Paul Mason on September 5, 2008

“Human ideas underline the biodiversity of the mind” claims Dr Saniotis in The Journal of General Evolution, (2007, volume 63, p619). But Can the mind really be mapped? This is the question Dr Arthur Saniotis asks in the latest volume of Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (2008 volume 18:5).

Dr Saniotis is a prolific author on a number of subjects ranging from medical tourism through to climate change and the future of nanotechnology. Trained in Social Anthropology, Dr Saniotis, a self-proclaimed polymath, has a deep interest in Neuroanthropology. In his Reflections on the “Human Behaviourome”: Mind Mapping and its Futures published in World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, Dr Saniotis suggests that “the human behaviourome proceeds in the steps of cultural evolution in that it privileges innovation and co-operation. These two features have been vital in human biological and cultural evolution” (p 619). A quick google search, also reveals that he presents at some fascinating conferences.

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