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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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Distinctively Human Thinking

Distinctively Human Thinking

Modular Precursors and Components*

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(p.69) 5 Distinctively Human Thinking
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The Innate Mind
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Peter Carruthers (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.003.0005

This chapter addresses the main challenge facing massively modular theories of the architecture of the human mind. This is to account for the distinctively flexible, non-domain-specific character of much human thinking. It shows how the appearance of a modular language faculty within an evolving modular architecture might have led to these distinctive features of human thinking with only minor further additions and non-domain-specific adaptations.

Keywords:   flexibility, massive modularity, human mind, human thinking, modular language

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