Pocketknife Brain

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A note for Lesson no. 2, "Your Brain Is a Network," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 42 is:

This brain is like a collection of specialized tools that work together, so we’ll call it Pocketknife Brain.

The appendix adds:

This name was inspired by evolutionary psychologists Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, who described a human mind as like a Swiss Army knife.

The references associated with this appendix entry are:

  • Cosmides & Tooby[1]

See also


  1. Tooby John and Leda Cosmides. 2005. "Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology." In The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, edited by David Buss, 5–67. New York: Wiley.