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


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.