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Cathedrals, symphony orchestras, and iPhones: The cultural basis of modern technology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 June 2012

Daniel E. Moerman
Affiliation:
Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of Michigan–Dearborn, Dearborn, MI 48128. dmoerman@umich.edu

Abstract

The distinctions drawn by Vaesen are plausible when we are comparing chimpanzees and human beings somewhere between the middle Paleolithic and the Neolithic. But since then new kinds of organization have vastly outstripped these neurological differences to account for the enormous advancement of human technology – from cuneiform to the iPhone – leaving our remarkable evolutionary cousins far behind.

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