Human Brain Adapts To Modern Problem-Solving With Skills Learned Through Evolution


Parkinson said, “we did not evolve to read. Instead, a growing body of research suggests that we read by repurposing neural machinery that evolved to process faces and objects.” The same goes for other forms of cultural expression, which emerge according to a much shorter timeline than evolutionary repurposing and often fade just as quickly. The brain doesn’t have a need to encode each skill individually, so it co-opts other circuitry in its place.


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