The collective invention of language to access the universe of possible ideas

Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

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Abstract

Thought uses meaning but not necessarily language. Meaning, in the form of a set of possible concepts and ideas, is a nonphysical reality that lay waiting for brains to become smart enough to represent these ideas. Thus, the brain evolved, whereas meaning was discovered, and language was invented - collectively - as a tool to help the brain use meaning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-676
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002

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Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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