Merlin Donald  

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"The recent modern writings of Terrence Deacon and Merlin Donald, writing about the origin of language, also connect reason connected to not only language, but also mimesis. More specifically they describe the ability to create language as part of an internal modeling of reality specific to humankind. Other results are consciousness, and imagination or fantasy. In contrast, modern proponents of a genetic predisposition to language itself include Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker, to whom Donald and Deacon can be contrasted." --Sholem Stein

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Merlin Wilfred Donald (born November 17, 1939) is a Canadian psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, and a researcher, educator, and author in the corresponding fields.

He is also known as the proponent of the mimetic theory of speech origins.


  • Origins of the Modern Mind: Three stages in the evolution of culture and cognition (Harvard, 1991) Template:ISBN.
  • A Mind So Rare: The evolution of human consciousness (Norton, 2001) Template:ISBN.
  • "The mind considered from a historical perspective: human cognitive phylogenesis and the possibility of continuing cognitive evolution." In D. Johnson & C. Ermeling (Eds.) The Future of the Cognitive Revolution, Oxford University Press, 1997, 478-492.

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