Mental States

Mental States : Volume 1: Evolution, function, nature

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Collecting the work of linguists, psychologists, neuroscientists, archaeologists, artificial intelligence researchers and philosophers this volume presents a richly varied picture of the nature and function of mental states. Starting from questions about the cognitive capacities of the early hominin homo floresiensis, the essays proceed to the role mental representations play in guiding the behaviour of simple organisms and robots, thence to the question of which features of its environment the human brain represents and the extent to which complex cognitive skills such as language acquisition and comprehension are impaired when the brain lacks certain important neural structures. Other papers explore topics ranging from nativism to the presumed constancy of categorization across signed and spoken languages, from the formal representation of metaphor, actions and vague language to philosophical questions about conceptual schemes and colours. Anyone interested in mental states will find much to reward them in this fine volume.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 19.05mm | 705g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9027231028
  • 9789027231024

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. List of contributors; 3. 1. Mental states: Evolution, function, nature (by Khlentzos, Drew); 4. 2. Lithic design space modelling and cognition in Homo floresiensis (by Moore, Mark W.); 5. 3. "As large as you need and as small as you can": Implications of the brain size of Homo floresiensis (by Davidson, Iain); 6. 4. Homo on Flores: Some early implications for the evolution of language and cognition (by Morwood, Michael J.); 7. 5. Evolving artificial minds and brains (by Mandik, Pete); 8. 6. Multi-agent communication, planning, and collaboration based on perceptions, conceptions, and simulations (by Gardenfors, Peter); 9. 7. The modal-logical interpretation of the causation of bodily actions (by Nishina, Hiroyuki); 10. 8. Do we access object manipulability while we categorize? Evidence from reaction time studies (by Borghi, Anna M.); 11. 9. Speaking without the cerebellum: Language skills in a young adult with near total cerebellar agenesis (by Tavano, Alessandro); 12. 10. Ontologies as a cue for the metaphorical meaning of technical concepts (by Gust, Helmar); 13. 11. Anti-realist assumptions and challenges in philosophy of mind (by Khlentzos, Drew); 14. 12. Vagueness, supertranslatability, and conceptual schemes (by Blinov, Arcady); 15. 13. Visual representation in a natural communication system: What can signed languages reveal about categorisation across different modes of representation? (by Cogill-Koez, Dorothea); 16. 14. Hidden units in child language (by Crain, Stephen); 17. Name index; 18. Subject index; 19. Table of contents of volume 2
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