Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (6):529-529 (2009)

The mere fact that a particular aspect of mind could offer an adaptive advantage is not enough to show that that property was in fact shaped by that adaptive advantage. Although it is possible that the tendency towards positive illusion is an evolved misbelief, it it also possible that positive illusions could be a by-product of a broader, flawed cognitive mechanism that itself was shaped by accidents of evolutionary inertia
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/S0140525X09991452
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 61,025
External links

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

How Does the Mind Work? Insights From Biology.Gary Marcus - 2009 - Topics in Cognitive Science 1 (1):145-172.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
19 ( #551,393 of 2,439,471 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #433,110 of 2,439,471 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes