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The cognitive bases of human tool use
  • K. Vaesen
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 15 June 2012
Abstract This article has two goals. The first is to assess, in the face of accruing reports on the ingenuity of great ape tool use, whether and in what sense human tool use still evidences unique,Expand
Knowledge without credit, exhibit 4: extended cognition
  • K. Vaesen
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • 1 August 2011
The Credit Theory of Knowledge (CTK)—as expressed by such figures as John Greco, Wayne Riggs, and Ernest Sosa—holds that knowing that p implies deserving epistemic credit for truly believing that p. Expand
Comparative performance of a modified change vector analysis in forest change detection
This paper introduces a modified change vector analysis (mCVA) approach and conceptually contrasts it against traditional CVA. Expand
Ground-measured spectral signatures as indicators of ground cover and leaf area index: the case of paddy rice
A methodology is described to use spectral signatures as indicators of the vegetative status in rice paddy cultures. Ground cover and leaf area index (LAI), considered as indicators of above-groundExpand
Cumulative Cultural Evolution and Demography
  • K. Vaesen
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PloS one
  • 24 July 2012
The idea that demographic change may spur or slow down technological change has become widely accepted among evolutionary archaeologists and anthropologists. Two models have been particularlyExpand
Risk and trust
Philosophical conceptions of the relationship between risk and trust may be divided into three main families. The first conception, taking its cue from Hobbes, sees trust as a kind of risk assessmentExpand
Population size does not explain past changes in cultural complexity
Significance Archaeologists have long tried to understand why cultural complexity often changed in prehistory. Recently, a series of highly influential formal models have suggested that demography isExpand
The acheulean handaxe: More like a bird's song than a beatles' tune?
The goal of this paper is to provoke debate about the nature of an iconic artifact—the Acheulean handaxe. Specifically, we want to initiate a conversation about whether or not they are culturalExpand
Pluralism and peer review in philosophy
Recently, mainstream philosophy journals have tended to implement more and more stringent forms of peer review (e.g., from double-anonymous to triple-anonymous), probably in an attempt to preventExpand
Robust! Handle with Care
We argue for three cautionary claims regarding Weisberg’s reconstruction: (1) robustness analysis may be of limited or no value in evaluating models and their implications; (2) the unificatory reconstruction conceals that the three types of robustness differ in form and role; (3) there is no confluence of types the robustness. Expand