The Innate Mind: Volume 2: Culture and Cognition

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This is the second volume of a projected three-volume set on the subject of innateness. The volume is highly interdisciplinary, and addresses such question as: To what extent are mature cognitive capacities a reflection of particular cultures and to what extent are they a product of innate elements? How do innate elements interact with culture to achieve mature cognitive capacities? How do minds generate and shape cultures? How are cultures processed by minds? The volume will be of great importance to anyone interested in the interplay between culture and the innate mind.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If you are impressed by our species' cross-cultural variation, but mystified by how it emerges, then read this book. If you are unimpressed by our cross-cultural variation, but moved by our universality, then read this book. You will learn that of all the species that have existed on earth, we are truly bizarre, at once both clones of each other and yet remarkably different."—Marc Hauser, Harvard College Professor of Psychology and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and author of Wild Minds and Moral Minds.

"Carruthers, Laurence, and Stich have done it again! The second book in their Innate Mind series is as much a must have as the first. Most of the big names in evolutionary psychology and cultural evolution are represented here, talking sensibly and informatively about how culture informs and shapes the innate mind, and vice versa. Both meta-level and object-level issues are dealt with. How should the relation between culture and the genetically shaped mind be conceived? Is the innate mind modular? How does our manifest and massive enculturation influence the evolution of our minds, and how do the minds we have inherited from our hominid ancestors shape our mental, social, moral, and religious practices? This book is not a survey; it is a collection of cutting-edge research papers, which should stimulate professionals and students alike."—Fiona Cowie, author of What's Within

"This is a fantastic volume. It beautifully answers the tired complaint that we need to get beyond the simple nature/nurture dichotomy. This collection of essays represents a striking advance in our understanding of both nativism and culture. It also provides the basis for a bright future in charting how innate and cultural components interact. Together with the other Innate Mind volumes assembled by this team, this volume represents a real landmark in the development of nativism."—Shaun Nichols, University of Arizona, and author of Sentimental Rules and co-author of Mindreading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195310146
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/4/2007
  • Series: Evolution and Cognition Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Carruthers is Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Maryland.

Stephen Laurence is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Hang Seng Center for Cognitive Studies at University of Sheffield.

Stephen Stich is Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. Introduction: Culture and the Innate Mind, TOM SIMPSON, University of York, STEPHEN STICH, Rutgers University, PETER CARRUTHERS, University of Maryland, and STEPHEN LAURENCE, University of Sheffield
2. Culture, Adaptation, and Innateness, ROBERT BOYD, University of California at Los Angeles; PETER RICHERSON, University of California at Davis
3. About 17 (+/- 2) Potential Principles about Links Between the Innate Mind and Culture: Preadaptation, Predispositions, Preferences, Pathways, and Domains, PAUL ROZIN, University of Pennsylvania
4. Steps Towards an Evolutionary Psychology of a Culture-Dependent Species, DANIEL FESSLER, University of California at Los Angeles
5. Human Groups as Adaptive Units: Toward a Permanent Consensus, DAVID SLOAN WILSON, Binghampton
6. The Baldwin Effect and Genetic Assimilation: Contrasting Explanatory Foci and Gene Concepts in Two Approaches to an Evolutionary Process, PAUL GRIFFITHS, University of Queensland
7. The Baldwin Effect and Genetic Assimilation: Reply to Griffiths, DAVID PAPINEAU, King's College London
8. Mental Number Lines, MARCUS GIAQUINTO, University College London
9. Modularity in Language and Theory of Mind: What is the Evidence?, MICHAEL SIEGAL, University of Sheffield and LUCA SURIAN, University of Trieste
10. Culture and Modularity, DAN SPERBER, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris and LAWRENCE HIRSCHFELD, University of Michigan
11. Shaping Social Environments with Simple Recognition Heuristics, PETER TODD, Indiana University at Bloomington and ANNERIEKE HEUVELINK, Vrije University, Amsterdam
12. Simple Heuristics Meet Massive Modularity, PETER CARRUTHERS, University of Maryland
13. Modularity and Design Reincarnation, H CLARK BARRETT, University of California at Los Angeles
14. Cognitive Load and Human Decision, or, Three Ways of Rolling the Rock Uphill, KIM STERELNY, Victoria University in Wellington and Australian National University
15. How Good is the Linguistic Analogy?, SUSAN DWYER, University of Maryland Baltimore County
16. Is Human Morality Innate?, RICHARD JOYCE, Australian National University
17. A Framework for the Psychology of Norms, CHANDRA SEKHA SRIPADA, University of Michigan and STEPHEN STICH, Rutgers University
18. Religions Innate Origins and Evolutionary Background, SCOTT ATRAN, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, and University of Michigan

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