Us, them and it: Modules, genes, environments and evolution

Mind and Language 23 (3):284–292 (2008)
The Architecture of Mind is an ambitious and informative work, surveying an impressive range of empirical literature and arguing that the mind is massively modular. However, it suffers from two major theoretical flaws. First, Carruthers’ concept of a module is weak, so much so that it robs his thesis of massive modularity of any real substance. Second, his conception of how the mind’s modules evolved ignores the role of niche construction and cultural evolution to its detriment.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2008.00342.x
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