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Stone Age Mnemonics

George F. Steiner

Ongoing hominin encephalization during the Middle Pleistocene supported the emergence of controlled vocalizations, meaningful mimetic progressions and exogrammatic skills. ‘Exograms’ are defined as memory traces stored outside the brain as consciously-sequenced information packages meant to stabilize and transmit adaptively-advantageous perceptions of reality. It is suggested that the abstract rock art of the period documents a culturally orchestrated mnemonic convergence and the application of emergent cognitive abilities at a collective level.

 

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