A Replicated Typo has a long article about the origin of our minds.
Charles Darwin… proposed that there is “no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties.”
…The notion that we can identify a sequence of adaptations accounting for the evolution of minds in animals stems from research into social cognition, particularly surrounding Premack & Woodruff’s (1978) concept of a Theory of Mind.
…Even though there are differing degrees of behavioural complexity across various animal domains, can a sequence of adaptations be established?
…Highly relevant to social behaviour influencing brain gene expression is a gene known as egr1….
Our brains are affected by genes, but our surroundings and experiences influence how our brains develop. This summary and exploration is a fascinating peek into a complex problem.