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Explaining Culture: A Naturalistic Approach
Preface. Introduction. 1. How to be a True Materialist in Anthropology. 2. Interpreting and Explaining Cultural Representations. 3. Anthropology and Psychology: Towards an Epidemiology of
Relevance: Communication and Cognition
Preface to Second Edition. List of symbols. 1. Communication. 2. Inference. 3. Relevance. 4. Aspects of Verbal Communication. Postface. Notes to First Edition. Notes to Second Edition. Notes to
Relevance: Communication and Cognition
Preface to Second Edition. List of symbols. 1. Communication. 2. Inference. 3. Relevance. 4. Aspects of Verbal Communication. Postface. Notes to First Edition. Notes to Second Edition. Notes to
Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory
TLDR
The hypothesis is that the function of reasoning is argumentative: It is to devise and evaluate arguments intended to persuade and is adaptive given the exceptional dependence of humans on communication and their vulnerability to misinformation.
The modularity of thought and the epidemiology of representations.
TLDR
This chapter defends the view that thought processes might be modular too, and argues that perceptual and linguistic decoding processes are modular, much more than on the alleged nonmodularity of thought.
Linguistic form and relevance
© Deirdre Wilson and Dan Sperber 2012. Introduction Our book Relevance (Sperber and Wilson 1986a) treats utterance interpretation as a two-phase process: a modular decoding phase is seen as providing
Attribution of Beliefs by 13-Month-Old Infants
TLDR
Infants' looking times suggest that they expected searches to be effective when—and only when—the agent had had access to the relevant information, which supports the view that infants possess an incipient meta-representational ability that permits them to attribute beliefs to agents.
Epistemic Vigilance
Humans massively depend on communication with others, but this leaves them open to the risk of being accidentally or intentionally misinformed. To ensure that, despite this risk, communication
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