Thought in a Hostile World The Evolution of Human Cognition

ISBN-10: 0631188878
ISBN-13: 9780631188872
Edition: 2003
Authors: Kim Sterelny
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List price: $57.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This is an exploration of the evolution of cognition. The author begins by developing a set of analytic tools for thinking about cognition and its evolution, examining the relationship between folk psychology and an integrated scientific conception of human cognition.

Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington. His books include Language and Reality (with Michael Devitt; second edition, MIT Press).

Preface
Assembling Intentionality
Evolutionary Naturalism
Two Projects of Evolutionary Naturalism
The Simple Coordination Thesis
Detection Systems
The Environmental Complexity Hypothesis
Detection Systems
The Power of Detection Systems
Transparent and Translucent Worlds
Robust Tracking Systems
Fuels for Success
Decoupled Representation
Response Breadth
Fuels for Success: Space
Fuels for Success: Intervention in the Material World
Reprise
Fuels for Success: The Social Intelligence Hypothesis
The Cognitive Demands Of Social Life
The Social Intelligence Hypothesis
The Cognitive World Of The Great Apes: Imitation
The Cognitive World of Great Apes: Tracking Other Minds
The Descent of Preference
Internal Environments
The Forager's Dilemma
Preference Eliminativism?
Preference-like States
Not Just Another Species of Large Mammal
Reconstructing Hominid Evolution
Testing Theories of Human Evolution
From Cognitive Device to Evolutionary History
Making Progress
An Example: Tomasello's Conjecture
Conclusions
The Cooperation Explosion
The Cooperative Primate
Group Selection and Human Cooperation
The Ecological Trigger of Hominid Cooperation
Coalition and Enforcement
Commitment to Enforcement
Upshot
The Self-made Species
Ecological Engineers
Cumulative Niche Construction: The Cognitive Condition
Cumulative Niche Construction: The Social Condition
Hominid Epistemic Engineering
Downstream Epistemic Engineering
Heterogeneous Environments and Variable Response
Phenotypic Plasticity
Is Plasticity an Adaptation?
Reprise
The Fate of the Folk
The Massive Modularity Hypothesis
Massive Modularity
Language: Paradigm or Outlier?
Communicative Intentions
Fodor's Modules and their Limits
Inward Bound
Evolution and Encapsulation
The Poverty of the Stimulus
The Case of Folk Biology
Modularity and the Frame Problem
Interpreting Other Agents
A Theory of Mind Module?
Deconstructing the Folk Psychology Module
Interpretation, Perception, and Scaffolded Learning
Truth, Evidence, and Success
Coordination and Meaning
Something New under the Sun?
References
Index

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