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Evolution, Rationality and Cognition : a Cognitive Science for the Twenty-first Century.

Author: Zilhao, Antonio.; Antonio Zilhao
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evolutionary thinking has expanded in the last decades, spreading from its traditional stronghold - the explanation of speciation and adaptation in biology - to new domains. Fascinating pieces of work, the essays in this collection attest to the illuminating power of evolutionary thinking when applied to the understanding of the human mind. The contributors to "Cognition, Evolution and Rationality" use an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Zilhao, Antonio.; Antonio Zilhao
ISBN: 128029034X 9781280290343
OCLC Number: 814320201
Description: 1 online resource (186 pages)
Contents: Part I: Evolution --
Intelligent design is untestable : what about natural selection? / Elliott Sober --
Social learning and the Baldwin effect / David Papineau --
Signals, evolution and the explanatory power of transient information / Brian Skyrms --
Part II: Rationality --
Untangling the evolution of mental representation / Peter Godfrey-Smith --
Innateness and brain-wiring optimization / Christopher Cherniak --
Evolution and the origins of the rational / Inman Harvey --
Part III: Cognition --
How to get around by mind and body : spatial thought, spatial action / Barbara Tversky --
Simulation and the evolution of mindreading / Chandra Sripada and Alvin Goldman --
Enhancing and augmenting human reasoning / Tim van Gelder.

Abstract:

Evolutionary thinking has expanded in the last decades, spreading from its traditional stronghold - the explanation of speciation and adaptation in biology - to new domains. Fascinating pieces of work, the essays in this collection attest to the illuminating power of evolutionary thinking when applied to the understanding of the human mind. The contributors to "Cognition, Evolution and Rationality" use an evolutionary standpoint to approach the nature of the human mind, including both cognitive and behavioural functions. Cognitive science is by its nature an interdisciplinary subject and the essays in this collection investigate the workings of the mind through a variety of disciplines including the philosophy of science, the philosophy of mind, game theory, robotics and computational neuroanatomy. Topics covered range from general methodological issues to long-standing philosophical problems such as how rational human beings actually are. With contributions from leading experts in the areas involved, this book will be of interest across a number of fields, including philosophy, evolutionary theory and cognitive science.

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