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Simulating MindsThe Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading$
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Alvin I. Goldman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195138929.001.0001

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Conceptualizing Simulation Theory

Conceptualizing Simulation Theory

(p.23) 2 Conceptualizing Simulation Theory
Simulating Minds

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This chapter clarifies the notion of simulation and explores the relationship between simulating and theorizing. Generic simulation is the resemblance or imitation of one thing by another, so mental simulation is the resemblance or imitation of one mental process by another. For example, visual imagery may simulate vision by using much of the same neural machinery that vision uses. The main empirical question here is whether third-person mindreading is substantially based on attempts to simulate selected processes and states in the head of a target. The possibility of limited compatibility between simulation and theorizing undercuts arguments that mental simulation inevitably “collapses” into theorizing, and the prospects for simulation-theory hybrids are explored.

Keywords:   collapse, resemblance, mental simulation, simulation-theory hybrid, visual imagery

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