Return to articles on mental architecture moderately massive modularity peter carruthers this paper will sketch a model of the human mind according to which the mind's structure is massively, but by no means wholly, modular modularity views in general will be motivated, elucidated, and defended, before the thesis of. Evolutionary psychology and the problem of neural plasticity chuck ward department of philosophy millersville university the general modularity thesis is. In order to do so i will begin by presenting a brief overview of fodor's fodorian modularity and its differences to carruthers' massive modularity, and once this has been done i will put forward some of the arguments carruthers uses to argue that his massive modularity thesis is a viable theory of mind. The adherence of evolutionary psychology (ep) to the massive modularity thesis has generated considerable controversy barrett and kurzban argue that much of the debate is misplaced because critics have incorrectly characterized the sense of modularity involved in ep they offer an account centered. A magnificent defense of the massive modularity thesis, showing how this view of the mind--and only this view--is compatible with both our understanding of human evolution and of human creativity--steven mithen fba, professor of early prehistory, university of reading.
Jerry fodor has argued that the massive modularity hypothesis cannot account for flexible information control due to its architectural commitments and its reliance on heuristic information processing. Since fodor holds that the massive modularity thesis is false, and says so repeatedly, when he argues that there is a good inference from massive modularity to adaptationism about the mind, it is natural to assume that he is not conceding any ground to the latter. The mind doesn't work that way is a clear if tongue-in-cheek answer to the title of steven pinker's hefty that's the massive modularity thesis in a nutshell.
Adaptive specialisations domain specificity carruthers defines mental modules more loosely than does fodor and provides three arguments in defense of the concept of massive modularity of mind. Read in the second way, however, the thesis of massive modularity would be by no means anodyne - although obviously it would admit of a range of different strengths, depending upon how many components the mind is thought to contain. This post represents an argument for a particular thesis, known as massive modularity this thesis, particularly popular among evolutionary psychologists, states that the mind is rife with mental modules, and that the cognitive life is the interplay between them. Evolutionary psychology and the massive modularity hypothesis psychologists have offered for this general architectural thesis fail to provide us with. Arguments for and against the massive modularity hypothesis, it will be worth discussing them in more detail in the modularity of mind (1983), fodor ascribed nine features to psychological.
Conspicuously absent from the list is informational encapsulation, the according to the massive modularity thesis, the mind is modular (in some feature most central to modularity in fodor's sense sense) through and through, including the parts responsible for high-level cognition functions like belief fixation, problem-solving, planning, and a. Second, the massive modularity thesis is an important one, and carruthers's version of it is the most detailed and persuasive one i've met third, because of the. The architecture of the mind massive modularity and the flexibility of thought cover blurb a magnificent defense of the massive modularity thesis, showing how this view of the mind -and only this view -is compatible with both our understanding of human evolution and of human creativity. Posts about massive modularity written by rachel williams. The stronger thesis of massive modularity, which retains the positive strand of fodor's thesis while reversing the polarity of the second strand from negative to positive—though not without changing the.
Substantially strengthen carruthers's thesis to the claim that the operations module (as this would run afoul of the massive modularity hypothesis. Pdf | according to carruthers' (2006) massive modularity (mm) thesis, the central systems of the mind are widely encapsulated and operate via heuristics and approximation techniques similar to. The complexity of cognition tractability arguments for massive modularity mm—and in contrast to an earlier, well-known thesis defended by fodor (1983. A magnificent defence of the massive modularity thesis, showing how this view of the mind - and only this view - is compatible with both our understanding of human evolution and of human creativity ( steven mithen fba, professor of early prehistory, university of reading .
Let us try to imagine a modularity thesis that is non-massive: if there isn't an informational chain running through aseries of modules/filters from perception to the centre, then in what sensecould we say that a central module's answers/outputs are anything. We suggest that the thesis of massive modularity presented in carruthers (2006) is consistent with the forms of neural reuse that are actually supported by the data cited, while being inconsistent with a stronger version of reuse that anderson seems to support. A magnificent defence of the massive modularity thesis, showing how this view of the mind - and only this view - is compatible with both our understanding of human evolution and of human creativity.