Turing instabilities in biology, culture, and consciousness? On the enactive origins of symbolic material culture

@article{Froese2013TuringII,
  title={Turing instabilities in biology, culture, and consciousness? On the enactive origins of symbolic material culture},
  author={Tom Froese and Alexander Woodward and Takashi Ikegami},
  journal={Adaptive Behavior},
  year={2013},
  volume={21},
  pages={199 - 214}
}
It has been argued that the worldwide prevalence of certain types of geometric visual patterns found in prehistoric art can be best explained by the common experience of these patterns as geometric hallucinations during altered states of consciousness induced by shamanic ritual practices. And in turn the worldwide prevalence of these types of hallucinations has been explained by appealing to humanity’s shared neurobiological embodiment. Moreover, it has been proposed that neural network… Expand
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