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Cognitive Evolution (stages)

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The origin of the nerve cell marks another major step in biological evolution. As a communicative device, the function of a nerve cell is to vary so that it can communicate information. Nerve cells can affect a variety of semantic coding relationships, allowing multicellular organisms to rapidly develop many levels of hierarchical anticipatory control. In particular, we recognize in the following schema the major steps of neural evolution:

Culture is control of   thought;	
		which is	control of  	associating;
		which is control of   complex reflexes; 
		which is control of   simple reflexes;
		which is control of   movement;
		which is control of   position. 

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C. Joslyn,

Jan 1992


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