The Mind Doesnt Work That Way: The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology (Representation and Mind series) Jerry A. Fodor

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The Mind Doesnt Work That Way: The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology (Representation and Mind series) by Jerry A. Fodor
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In this engaging book, Jerry Fodor argues against the widely held view that mentalprocesses are largely computations, that the architecture of cognition is massively modular, andthat the explanation of our innate mental structure is basicallyMoreIn this engaging book, Jerry Fodor argues against the widely held view that mentalprocesses are largely computations, that the architecture of cognition is massively modular, andthat the explanation of our innate mental structure is basically Darwinian.

Although Fodor haspraised the computational theory of mind as the best theory of cognition that we have got, heconsiders it to be only a fragment of the truth. In fact, he claims, cognitive scientists do notreally know much yet about how the mind works (the books title refers to Steve PinkersHow the Mind Works).Fodors primary aim is to explore therelationship among computational and modular theories of mind, nativism, and evolutionarypsychology.

Along the way, he explains how Chomskys version of nativism differs from that of thewidely received New Synthesis approach. He concludes that although we have no grounds to supposethat most of the mind is modular, we have no idea how nonmodular cognition could work.

Thus,according to Fodor, cognitive science has hardly gotten started.



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