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Dark Matter of the Mind: The Culturally Articulated Unconscious

Daniel L. Everett


This book discusses the unarticulated unconscious and tacit knowledge, termed “dark matter of the mind,” which underlies and enables verbal communication. Humans, when they speak or interpret, make use of a wide variety of skills and distinctions, in grammar, phonetics, organization of information by importance, and assumptions taken for given, for example, which compose this dark matter. The book’s contention is that this unconscious knowledge is not a product of innate human psychology, but rather of cultural influences and experiences. The book draws on the author’s experience attempting to ... More

Keywords: linguistics, unconscious, culture, missionary, Anatman, nativism, cognitive science, apperception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226070766
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226401430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel L. Everett, author
Bentley University