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Massive modularity and the flexibility of human cognition

Machery, E (2008) Massive modularity and the flexibility of human cognition. Mind and Language, 23 (3). 263 - 272. ISSN 0268-1064

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In The Architecture of the Mind, Carruthers proposes a new and detailed explanation for how human cognition could be both flexible and massively modular. The combinatorial nature of our linguistic faculty and our capacity to engage in inner speech are the cornerstones of this new explanation. Despite the ingenuity of this proposal, I argue that Carruthers has failed to explain how a massively modular mind could display the flexibility that is characteristic of human thought. © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Machery, Emachery@pitt.eduMACHERY
Date: 1 June 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Mind and Language
Volume: 23
Number: 3
Page Range: 263 - 272
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2008.00341.x
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0268-1064
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 19:17
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:59


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