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Minding Minds : Evolving a Reflexive Mind by Interpreting Others - Radu J. Bogdan

Minding Minds

Evolving a Reflexive Mind by Interpreting Others

Paperback Published: 1st September 2003
ISBN: 9780262524186
Number Of Pages: 223
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Mental reflexivity, or metamentation -- a mind thinking about its own thoughts -- underpins reflexive consciousness, deliberation, self-evaluation, moral judgment, the ability to think ahead, and much more. Yet relatively little in philosophy or psychology has been written about what metamentation actually is, or about why and how it came about. In this book, Radu Bogdan proposes that humans think reflexively because they interpret each other's minds in social contexts of cooperation, communication, education, politics, and so forth. As naive psychology, interpretation was naturally selected among primates as a battery of practical skills that preceded language and advanced thinking. Metamentation began as interpretation mentally rehearsed: through mental sharing of attitudes and information about items of common interest, interpretation conspired with mental rehearsal to develop metamentation.Drawing on philosophical, psychological, and evolutionary perspectives, Bogdan analyzes the main phylogenetic and ontogenetic stages through which primates' abilities to interpret other minds evolve and gradually create the opportunities and resources for metamentation. Contrary to prevailing views, he concludes that metamentation benefits from, but is not a predetermined outcome of, logical abilities, language, and consciousness.

This essay offers a novel approach whose originality lies in the ingenuity to integrate disparate ingredients in an elaborate scenario. -- Fernando Martinez-Manrique * Philosophy in Review *

Preface
Introduction
Socializing the Mind
Tales of Many Minds
Minding Others
Unique Development, Unique Mind
Minding Itself
The Reflexive Mind
Situated Minding
Unsituated Metaminding
Mind Unification
Parting Thoughts
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780262524186
ISBN-10: 026252418X
Series: Bradford Books
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34