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Massive modularity and brain evolution

Machery, E (2007) Massive modularity and brain evolution. Philosophy of Science, 74 (5). 825 - 838. ISSN 0031-8248

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Quartz (2002) argues that some recent findings about the evolution of the brain (Finlay and Darlington 1995) are inconsistent with evolutionary psychologists' massive modularity hypothesis. In substance, Quartz contends that since the volume of the neocortex evolved in a concerted manner, natural selection did not act on neocortical systems independently of one another, which is a necessary condition for cognition to be massively modular. In this article, I argue that Quartz's argument fails to undermine the massive modularity hypothesis. Copyright 2007 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Machery, Emachery@pitt.eduMACHERY
Date: 1 December 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Volume: 74
Number: 5
Page Range: 825 - 838
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1086/525624
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-8248
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 19:20
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:59


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