Automatically minded

  title={Automatically minded},
  author={Ellen Fridland},
It is not rare in philosophy and psychology to see theorists fall into dichotomous thinking about mental phenomena. On one side of the dichotomy there are processes that I will label “unintelligent.” These processes are thought to be unconscious, implicit, automatic, unintentional, involuntary, procedural, and non-cognitive. On the other side, there are “intelligent” processes that are conscious, explicit, controlled, intentional, voluntary, declarative, and cognitive. Often, if a process or… 
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  • C. Brozzo
  • Philosophy, Political Science
    Review of Philosophy and Psychology
  • 2020
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