Mindreading, mindshaping, and evolution

Biology and Philosophy 16 (5):595-626 (2002)
Abstract
I present and apply some powerful tools for studying human evolution and the impact of cultural resources on it. The tools in question are a theory of niche construction and a theory about the evolutionary significance of extragenetic (and, in particular, of psychological and social) inheritance. These tools are used to show how culturally transmitted resources can be recruited by development and become generatively entrenched. The case study is constituted by those culturally transmitted items that social psychologists call ‘expectancies’. Expectancy effects are mindshaping effects of our mindreading dispositions. I show how expectancies may have been recruited by important human developmental processes (like those involved in language acquisition and those responsible for gender differences) and how they may have become entrenched. If the hypothesis is correct, the relation between mindreading and human evolution is more intricate than usually thought
Keywords Biology  Evolution  Mind  Science  mindshaping  mindreading
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2004
DOI 10.1023/A:1012203830990
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 29,520
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
We Read Minds to Shape Relationships.Vivian Bohl - 2015 - Philosophical Psychology 28 (5):674-694.
Evolution and Moral Realism.Kim Sterelny & Ben Fraser - forthcoming - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axv060.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
475 ( #4,233 of 2,180,764 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #154,335 of 2,180,764 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums