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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.001.0001

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Modularity and Relevance

Modularity and Relevance

How Can a Massively Modular Mind Be Flexible and Context‐Sensitive?*

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(p.53) 4 Modularity and Relevance
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The Innate Mind
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Dan Sperber (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.003.0004

This chapter addresses the flexibility problem for massive modularity. It argues that massively modular architectures exhibit flexibility largely as a result of context-sensitive competition between modules for the allocation of cognitive resources. Thus, it is the cognitive system as a whole that exhibits flexibility, rather than any particular subsystem within it.

Keywords:   flexibility, massive modularity, cognitive modules, context-sensitive competition

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