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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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The Innate Mind

Peter Carruthers (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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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