David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
OUP Oxford (2007)
'Necessary Knowledge' takes on one of the big questions at the heart of the cognitive sciences - what knowledge do we possess at birth, and what do we learn along the way? It is now widely accepted that evolution, individual development, and individual learning can no longer be studied in isolation from each-other - they are inextricably linked. Therefore any successful theory must integrate these elements, and somehow relate them to human culture. Clearly we learn from the world around us, but that learning is skewed towards specific things about the world. We do not just attend to and learn about every stimulus that confronts us - if we did, learning would be impossibly time-consuming and ineffective. Learning is constrained - we are primed to learn about certain aspects of the world and ignore others. So what are these constraints, and where do they come from? The theory expounded in this book is that we enter the world with small amounts of innate representational knowledge. It neither sides with those who believe in 'blank slate' theories, nor with those who believe all learning is innate. In fact, what is written on our 'slates' at birth is a certain type of knowledge about specific things in the world, the general configuration of the human face for instance, a knowledge that other people possess minds and motives. 'Necessary Knowledge' presents an important new theory, in a book that makes an accessible and thought provoking contribution to one of the enduring issues about human nature.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
|Buy the book||$5.89 used (91% off) $19.48 new (71% off) $61.75 direct from Amazon (5% off) Amazon page|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Scott P. Johnson (2010). How Infants Learn About the Visual World. Cognitive Science 34 (7):1158-1184.
Kevin Kelly (2004). Learning Theory and Epistemology. In. In Ilkka Niiniluoto, Matti Sintonen & Jan Wolenski (eds.), Handbook of Epistemology. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Pub. 183--203.
Laurence Prusak & Eric Matson (eds.) (2006). Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning: A Reader. OUP Oxford.
Nicholas Maxwell (1987). Wanted: A New Way of Thinking. New Scientist (14 May 1987):63.
Richard Norgaard & Paul Baer (2003). Seeing the Whole Picture. World Futures 59 (3 & 4):225 – 239.
David Kirsh (1992). PDP Learnability and Innate Knowledge of Language. In S. Davis (ed.), Connectionism: Theory and practice (Volume III of The Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science. Oxford University press.
David Kirsh (1992). PDP Learnability and Innate Knowledge of Language. Connectionism 3:297-322.
Nicholas Maxwell (2010). The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution. In Mark Levene, Rob Johnson & Richard Maguire (eds.), History at the End of the World? History, Climate Change and the Possibility of Closure. Humanities-EBooks.
Monica Bucciarelli (2007). How the Construction of Mental Models Improves Learning. Mind and Society 6 (1):67-89.
Kenneth Watt (2003). What Can the Systems Community Contribute to Ensure the Survival of Civilization. World Futures 59 (3 & 4):241 – 251.
Stellan Ohlsson (1997). Old Ideas, New Mistakes: All Learning is Relational. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (1):79-80.
Jason Stanley (2011). Know How. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2012-01-31
Total downloads4 ( #247,637 of 1,096,771 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #106,677 of 1,096,771 )
How can I increase my downloads?