Associate Professor Mark Moore
The 3.4 million-year history of stone flaking is perhaps our best source of empirical evidence for evolving hominin cognitive capacities. But how do we interpret that evidence in a way that is meaningful for cognitive studies? In this talk Mark will first review the "standard story' of stone tool design and cognitive evolution, arguing that the consensus narrative-driven by assertions of goal-directed, top-down design processes-is epistemologically unwarranted. Next I will describe recent experiments that removed complex intentions from the stone-flaking process. He will also discuss a new model of hominin cognitive evolution that incorporates these empirical observations.