Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary

Homo sapiens, a localized species


Jerome Bruner a1
a1 New York University, School of Law, New York, NY 10012 jerome.bruner@nyu.edu

Abstract

Tomasello et al. point up the mutual interdependency of the unique human capacity for intersubjectivity and the evolution and institutionalization of culture. Since both intersubjectivity and cultural cooperation require localized knowledge, Homo sapiens is highly reliant on such knowledge and in that sense is a highly localized species, requiring special means to surmount cultural misreadings and to achieve translocal, or global, interconnection.