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  • Transforming experience into symbolic languages is a primary function of the neo-cortex, the extrasomatic manifestation of knowledge expressed as reading, writing, speaking and mathematics.


  • In carrying out this exhaustive work, Ian was guided by one of the key assumptions of the New Archaeology: that culture was the extrasomatic means whereby humans adapted to their environment.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • Binford adopted the view of one of his heroes at the University of Michigan, the anthropologist Leslie White, that culture was the extrasomatic—literally, the “out of body”—means whereby human beings adapted to their environments.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • Carl Sagan, "human beings have, in the most recent few tenths of a percent of our existence, invented not only extra-genetic but also extrasomatic knowledge: information stored outside our bodies, of which writing is the most notable example."

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • [2] The benefits of enhancing personal knowledge with retrieval of extrasomatic knowledge has been shown in a controlled comparison with rote memory.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Lewis Binford and the processual archaeologists had their share of catchphrases and buzzwords: “Culture is man’s extrasomatic means of adaptation,” “hypothesis testing,” “Middle-Range Theory,” and so forth.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • Whereas the culture historians had defined it as a shared body of ideas, values, and beliefs, Binford had insisted—following his University of Michigan mentor, the anthropologist Leslie White—that culture was humankind’s “extrasomatic” means of adaptation to its environment.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • Evolution in Four Dimensions) gets us into extrasomatic inheritance (whatever is reliably reproduced in next life cycle).

    John Protevi's Blog


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