Phylogenetic and Cultural History Tangle in Ontogenesis



The article gives a theory of human culture as a component part of human mental processes. The following data are given in support of this theory: 1) phenomena associated with the stabilization of images on the retina and their selective disappearance and reappearance when varying degrees of destabilization are introduced; 2) the non-linearity of cultural/cognitive time which acts as a transformative mechanism uniting the material and ideal aspects of culture; 3) data on the operation of culture as a non-linear source of structuration in human ontogenesis (prolepsis) and finally 4) data on the ways in which cultural practices influence the functioning of the brain.

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Keywords: culture, phylogenesis, ontogenesis, multiculturalizm

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Cole M. Phylogenetic and Cultural History Tangle in Ontogenesis. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2007. Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 3–16. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Michael Cole, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Communication, & Developmental Science, Emeritus, University of California, the head of the Laboratory of comparative human studies, San Diego, USA, e-mail:



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