TY - GEN ID - cogprints975 UR - http://cogprints.org/975/ A1 - Gabora, L. TI - Autocatalytic Closure in a Cognitive System: A Tentative Scenario for the Origin of Culture Y1 - 1998/12// N2 - This paper presents a speculative model of the cognitive mechanisms underlying the transition from episodic to mimetic (or memetic) culture with the arrival of Homo erectus, which Donald [1991] claims paved the way for the unique features of human culture. The model draws on Kauffman's [1993] theory of how an information-evolving system emerges through the formation of an autocatalytic network. Though originally formulated to explain the origin of life, this theory also provides a plausible account of how discrete episodic memories become woven into an internal model of the world, or worldview, that both structures, and is structured by, self-triggered streams of thought. Social interaction plays a role in (and may be critical to) this process. Implications for cognitive development are explored. AV - public KW - abstraction KW - altruism KW - animal cognition KW - attractor KW - autocatalysis KW - categorization KW - censorship KW - concept KW - consciousness KW - content addressability KW - creativity KW - culture KW - cultural learning KW - distributed representation KW - diversity KW - drives KW - episodic memory KW - evolution KW - fitness KW - homo Erectus KW - information KW - imitation KW - innovation KW - modularity KW - meme KW - memory KW - mimesis KW - origin of life KW - pattern KW - representational redescription KW - selection KW - self-organization KW - social learning KW - subsymbolic computation KW - symbol manipulation KW - worldview. ER -