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- Oxford Guide to the Mind
54 - Oxford Guide to the Mind, Geoffrey Underwood (editor) (Oxford
- Pinker on "The Ingredients of Language"
47 - Richard Dqwkins lectures on evolution in this multimedia (audio, video, text, images) electure hosted by boxmind.com (requires IE).
- video: What Is Consciousness?
17 - A 25 minute TV show "closer to truth" focuses on consciousness via a panel consisting of David Chalmers, John Searls, Marilyn Schlitz, James Trefil, and Fred Alan Wolf.
- In defense of massive modularity
17 - Cognitive Scientist Dan Sperber defends"massive modularity" and discusses "the the degree to which cognitive development, everyday cognition,and cultural knowledge are based on dedicated domain-specific mechanisms, as opposed to adomain-general intelligence and learning capacity."
- Computation and externalism
16 - Oron Shagrir, Content, Computation and Externalism, Mind, Volume 110, Issue 438, pp. pp. 369-400. The paper presents an extended argument for the claim thatmental content impacts the computational individuation of acognitive system. .. The corrected arguments support theclaim that computational theories of cognition are intentional.Computational externalism is still pending, however, upon thethesis that psychological content is extrinsic.
- Does Language Shape Thought?
18 - Does the language you speak affect how you think about the world? This question is taken up in three experiments. English and Mandarin talk about time differently-English predominantly talks about time as if it were horizontal, while Mandarin also commonly describes time as vertical.
- Baboons Can Think Abstractly
29 - More non-humananimals may be capable of abstractthought than previously known, withprofound implications for theevolution of human intelligence andthe stuff that separates homo sapiensfrom other animals. A trans-Atlanticteam of psychologists has foundevidence of abstract thought inbaboons, significant becausebaboons are "old world monkeys,"part of a different primate "superfamily" that -- some 30 million yearsago -- split from the family that gaverise to apes and then humans. (from nibbs<
- Turing Indistinguishability and the Blind Watchmaker
18 - Harnad, Stevan (2001) Turing Indistinguishability and the Blind Watchmaker, in Fetzer, J. and Mulhauser, G., Eds. Evolving Consciousness. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Many special problems crop up when evolutionary theory turns, quite naturally, to the question of the adaptive value andcausal role of consciousness in human and nonhuman organisms.
- Are mental phenomena computational?
17 - The Edge talks with Danniel Dennett and Lee Smolin on mental processes, information and computation.
- Can computers be creative?
21 - A BBC article on Aaron, the painting agent.
- Truthfulness and relevance
13 - Wilson, Deirdre and Sperber, Dan (2002) Truthfulness andrelevance. Mind. This paper questions the widespread view that verbalcommunication is governed by a maxim, norm or convention oftruthfulness which applies at the level of what is literally meant, orwhat is said. ... We argue against existing explanations of thesephenomena and provide an alternative account, based on the assumptionthat verbal communication is governed not by expectations oftruthfulness but by expectations of relevance, raised by literal,loose and figurative uses alike.
- The cognitive functions of language
16 - Peter Carruthers explores a variety of different versions of the thesis that natural language is involved in human thinking. It distinguishes amongst strong and weak forms of this thesis, dismissing some as implausibly strong and others as uninterestingly weak.
- Brains wired for FOL!
20 - This paper by James R Hurford of the University of Edinburgh argues that Neural correlates exist for a basic component of logical formulae, PREDICATE(x).
- a natural order for expressing semantic relations?
17 - Newly published research indicates that word order is not driven solely by the demands of communicating information to another, but may reflect a more general property of human thought. (nibbs newsletter)
- Adaptive Thinking: Rationality in the Real World
13 - This book is about rethinking rationality as adaptive thinking: to understand how minds cope with their environments, both ecological and social. Gerd Gigerenzer proposes and illustrates a bold new research program that investigates the psychology of rationality, introducing the concepts of ecological, bounded, and social rationality. (Nibbs newsletter)
- Skywriting at the Speed of Thought
24 - What was the adaptive advantage