Mindvaults: Sociocultural Grounds for Pretending and Imagining

Mindvaults: Sociocultural Grounds for Pretending and Imagining

by Radu J. Bogdan

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ISBN-13: 9780262019118
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/22/2013
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Radu J. Bogdan is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science and Director of the Cognitive Studies Program at Tulane University and Regular Guest Professor and Director of the OPEN MIND master program in cognitive science, University of Bucharest, Romania. He is the author of Our Own Minds: Sociocultural Grounds for Self-Consciousness (MIT Press, 2010) and other books.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction xvii

I Questions 1

1 What Sort of Evolution? 5

1.1 Intuitive Debut 6

1.2 An Assortment of Puzzles 9

1.3 Possible Explanations 13

1.4 Evolutionary Turn to Ontogeny 16

2 What Sort of Ontogeny? 29

2.1 The Ape Connection 30

2.2 Sociocultural Activism 34

2.3 Unique Ontogeny for Unique Thoughts 38

2.4 Intuitive Psychology: The Driving Force 42

3 What Sort of Competence? 47

3.1 Identity Crises 49

3.2 The Competence Angle 56

3.3 Metamental Rehearsals 62

3.4 The Structure of the Argument 70

II Developmental Answers 73

Before Four: Playing with Culture 75

4 Early Foundations 77

4.1 Projection 78

4.2 Play 83

4.3 Naive Psychology 87

4.4 Imitation 90

4.5 Executive Readiness 92

5 Pretending 97

5.1 Cultural Challenges 99

5.2 Views about Pretending 107

5.3 The Action Angle 113

5.4 Role Impersonation in Sociocultural Action 117

5.5 Limitations 123

5.6 Contributions 127

After Four: Others and Self 137

6 Change of Mind 139

6.1 Increasingly Offline 142

6.2 A New Executive 145

6.3 Metarepresenting Others 149

6.4 Their Own Minds 158

7 Imagining 163

7.1 New Challenges: Juvenile Sociopolitics 164

7.2 Transition? Imaginary Companionship 167

7.3 Clues from Autobiographical Memory 170

7.4 Strategizing 175

7.5 Competence Transfer 187

8 Epilogue 195

8.1 Summation 195

8.2 Speculation 197

8.3 Why Evolution Matters 198

Appendix: Intuitive Psychology as Mind Designer 203

A.1 A Basic and Natural Connection 204

A.2 The Developmental Connection 208

A.3 Implications for Mindvaulting 215

Glossary 217

References 221

Index 233

What People are Saying About This

Josef Perner

Mindvaults offers great intuitions and ideas—for example, it suggests that our specific human abilities thrive on adaptations to the cultural captivity of a prolonged childhood. It takes a brave stance against short-cut explanations of mental evolution and adheres to a healthy minimalism of data interpretation.

David Olson

By bringing together advances in the philosophy of mind with recent psychological theories of mental development, Radu Bogdan offers an original and promising explanation of human's most distinctive form of competence: the imagination.

Katherine Nelson

Mindvaults is a ground-shifting work of major consequence to the fields of developmental psychology and cognitive science. Radu Bogdan proposes an innovative developmental-evolutionary theory of human thinking based on a deep understanding and new conceptualization of contemporary research on cognitive development. Mindvaults should find its place on every developmental reading list.

From the Publisher

By bringing together advances in the philosophy of mind with recent psychological theories of mental development, Radu Bogdan offers an original and promising explanation of human's most distinctive form of competence: the imagination.

David Olson, University Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto

Mindvaults is a ground-shifting work of major consequence to the fields of developmental psychology and cognitive science. Radu Bogdan proposes an innovative developmental-evolutionary theory of human thinking based on a deep understanding and new conceptualization of contemporary research on cognitive development. Mindvaults should find its place on every developmental reading list.

Katherine Nelson, Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emerita, CUNY Graduate Center

Mindvaults offers great intuitions and ideas—for example, it suggests that our specific human abilities thrive on adaptations to the cultural captivity of a prolonged childhood. It takes a brave stance against short-cut explanations of mental evolution and adheres to a healthy minimalism of data interpretation.

Josef Perner, Department of Psychology and Center for Neurocognitive Research, University of Salzburg

Endorsement

Mindvaults offers great intuitions and ideas—for example, it suggests that our specific human abilities thrive on adaptations to the cultural captivity of a prolonged childhood. It takes a brave stance against short-cut explanations of mental evolution and adheres to a healthy minimalism of data interpretation.

Josef Perner, Department of Psychology and Center for Neurocognitive Research, University of Salzburg

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