In this worldwide survey, Clive Gamble explores the evolution of
the human imagination, without which we would not have become a
global species. He sets out to determine the cognitive and social
basis for our imaginative capacity and traces the evidence back
into deep human history. He argues that it was the imaginative
ability to 'go beyond' and to create societies where people lived
apart yet stayed in touch that made us such effective world
settlers. To make his case Gamble brings together information from
a wide range of disciplines: psychology, cognitive science,
archaeology, palaeoanthropology, archaeogenetics, geography,
quaternary science and anthropology. He presents a novel deep
history that combines the archaeological evidence for fossil
hominins with the selective forces of Pleistocene climate change,
engages with the archaeogeneticists' models for population
dispersal and displacement, and ends with the Europeans'
rediscovery of the deep history settlement of the Earth.
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