Meschiari, Matteo – Roots of the Savage Mind

Apophenia and Imagination as Cognitive Process


Keywords: hunter-gatherers – cognitive processes – apophenia – hunting – Landscape Mind Theory (LMT)

This article discusses and develops the Landscape Mind Theory (LMT) that the author previously formulated. Using numerous ethnographic examples and recent research in neuroscience, he explores the role of landscape and the ecosystem in the shaping of cog- nitive processes in Homo sapiens sapiens. The analysis focuses in particular on hunter- gatherer cultures, and shows how hunting phenomenology on the one hand and intellectual and symbolic activity related to the environment on the other are connected through evolutionary and cultural factors. A particular emphasis is placed on the imag- inative and linguistic productions of hunter-gatherers.