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  1. Animal Minds, Human Minds.Eric Saidel - 2002 - In Marc Bekoff, Colin Allen & Gordon M. Burghardt (eds.), The Cognitive Animal: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on Animal Cognition. MIT Press. pp. 53--58.
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    Through the Looking Glass, and What We Find There.Eric Saidel - 2016 - Biology and Philosophy 31 (3):335-352.
    The conclusions drawn from mirror self-recognition studies, in which nonhuman animals are tested for whether they detect a mark on their bodies which can be observed only in the mirror, are based on several presuppositions. These include that performance on the test is an indication of species wide rather than individual abilities, and that all the animals which pass the test are demonstrating the presence of the same psychological ability. However, further details about the results of the test indicate that (...)
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    Attributing Mental Representations to Animals.Eric Saidel - 2009 - In Robert W. Lurz (ed.), The Philosophy of Animal Minds. Cambridge University Press. pp. 35--51.
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    Connectionism and the Fate of Folk Psychology: A Reply to Ramsey, Stich and Garon.Malcolm Forster & Eric Saidel - 1994 - Philosophical Psychology 7 (4):437 – 452.
    Ramsey, Stick and Garon (1991) argue that if the correct theory of mind is some parallel distributed processing theory, then folk psychology must be false. Their idea is that if the nodes and connections that encode one representation are causally active then all representations encoded by the same set of nodes and connections are also causally active. We present a clear, and concrete, counterexample to RSG's argument. In conclusion, we suggest that folk psychology and connectionism are best understood as complementary (...)
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    Making Sense of Berkeley's Challenge.Eric Saidel - 1993 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 10 (4):325 - 339.
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    Content and Causal Powers.Eric Saidel - 1994 - Philosophy of Science 61 (4):658-65.
    Owens (1993) argues that a tension exists between our commonsense view of mental states and the scientific view that psychological explanations not contradict supervenience. He suggests that one cannot accept the anti-individualistic conclusions of Twin-Earth thought experiments and continue to use folk psychological states to explain behavior. I argue that his conclusions are based on individuating content widely and causal powers narrowly, and that such individuation violates consistency assumptions about the terms of his discussion. Thus, I argue, the tension he (...)
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    Logic: The Laws of Truth.Eric Saidel - 2016 - The European Legacy 21 (8):865-867.
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    Teleosemantics and the Epiphenomenality of Content.Eric Saidel - 2001 - In J. S. McIntosh (ed.), Canadian Journal of Philosophy. University of Calgary Press. pp. 139-166.
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    Teleosemantics and the Epiphenomenality of Content.Eric Saidel - 2001 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 31 (sup1):139-166.
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    Consciousness Without Awareness?Eric Saidel - 1999 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 5.
    I argue that Carruthers' arguments that animals are unable to have conscious experience relies on a human-centered view of consciousness. Once we abandon those characteristics of consciousness that are typically human, such as the ability to reason about one's conscious experience, it becomes clear that animals may have conscious experience, although such experience may not be available as the subject of thought. Consideration of evidence from human conscious experience, child development, and evolution supports this suggestion.
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    What Price Neurophilosophy?Eric Saidel - 1992 - Philosophy of Science Association 1:461-68.
    A premise in the recent eliminativist arguments of Paul and Patricia Churchland is the power of connectionist-type models to solve problems facing cognitive science. I argue that their demonstrations of this power do not challenge folk psychology. Implicit in the Churchlands' arguments is the premise that folk psychology will fail to reduce to neuroscience. In the remainder of the paper I argue that just as the failure of classical genetics to reduce to molecular genetics does not suggest the elimination of (...)
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    Being There.Eric Saidel - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (2):299-317.
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    Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine Edited by Smith, Barry C.Eric Saidel - 2010 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (3):308-310.
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    The Compound Interest Effect: Why Cultural Evolution is Not Niche Construction.Eric Saidel - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (1):158-159.
    Laland et al. rightly observe that the pressures affecting the evolution of a trait include the previous effects the trait has had on the environment. Ignoring this would be like ignoring the effect of compound interest: a distortion, not a simplification. However, cultural evolution is not niche construction. In niche construction one mechanism has effects over multiple paths. Cultural evolution involves the effects of several mechanisms.
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    Beliefs, Desires, and the Ability to Learn.Eric Saidel - 1998 - American Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1):21-37.
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    Critical Notice.Eric Saidel - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (2):299-317.
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    Identifying, Reidentifying, and Misidentifying.Eric Saidel - 1999 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (4):730-731.
    Millikan (1998a) relies on the ability an organism may have to reidentify external objects. It is difficult to develop an account of how this might occur because the organism could make a mistake in the tokening of a concept; it could misidentify the external object. To sustain her nondescriptivism, Millikan's account of reidentification must make the link between concept and object arbitrary. However, to make mistakes possible, there must be a norm for the production of concepts. These two requirements seem (...)
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  18. Critical Notice of Andy Clark, Being There.Eric Saidel - 1999 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (2):299-317.
  19. What Price Neurophilosophy?Eric Saidel - 1992 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:461-468.
    A premise in the recent eliminativist arguments of Paul and Patricia Churchland is the power of connectionist-type models to solve problems facing cognitive science. I argue that their demonstrations of this power do not challenge folk psychology. Implicit in the Churchlands' arguments is the premise that folk psychology will fail to reduce to neuroscience. In the remainder of the paper I argue that just as the failure of classical genetics to reduce to molecular genetics does not suggest the elimination of (...)
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