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The Mind Doesn't Work That Way : The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology - Jerry A. Fodor

The Mind Doesn't Work That Way

The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology

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In this engaging book, Jerry Fodor argues against the widely held view that mental processes are largely computations, that the architecture of cognition is massively modular, and that the explanation of our innate mental structure is basically Darwinian. Although Fodor has praised the computational theory of mind as the best theory of cognition that we have got, he considers it to be only a fragment of the truth. In fact, he claims, cognitive scientists do not really know much yet about how the mind works (the book's title refers to Steve Pinker's "How the Mind Works)." Fodor's primary aim is to explore the relationship among computational and modular theories of mind, nativism, and evolutionary psychology. Along the way, he explains how Chomsky's version of nativism differs from that of the widely received New Synthesis approach. He concludes that although we have no grounds to suppose that most of the mind is modular, we have no idea how nonmodular cognition could work. Thus, according to Fodor, cognitive science has hardly gotten started.

"The Mind Doesn't Work That Way obliges us to dismiss simplistic assumptions and focus on the hard issues we often hide under the rug. This book is as important as Modularity of Mind was almost twenty years ago." - Jacques Mehler, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris, and International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: Still Snowingp. 1
Varieties of Nativismp. 9
Syntax and Its Discontentsp. 23
Two Ways That You Probably Can't Explain Abductionp. 41
How Many Modules Would You Say There Are?p. 55
Darwin among the Modulesp. 79
Why We Are So Good at Catching Cheatersp. 101
Notesp. 105
Referencesp. 121
Author Indexp. 125
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ISBN: 9780262561464
ISBN-10: 0262561468
Series: Representation and Mind (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 27th July 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 13.9 x 20.3  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.16