evolutionary and computational theories of mind

yan king yin (dont spam) y.k.y at lycos.com
Wed Jan 16 06:35:03 EST 2002

The brain has acquired the capacity of language and thinking as
a result of evolution. There should be no doubt about this.
"Everything in nature does not make sense except under the
light of evolution." I have no doubts about that. Is that what
you're asking about?

More interesting would be the question of what exactly are
the circuits in the brain that have evolved.


From: "mat" <mats_trash at hotmail.com>
> what are people's views on the darwinian and computational approaches
> to explaining the mind?  Evolutionary psychology is very popular these
> days, with the way our minds work explained in terms of how they
> provided survival advantage over the eons. Computational theories
> suggest that there is a syntax or language of thought using which our
> minds can extract meaning an construct ideas about the world.  Usually
> these two approaches are viewed as approximately the same.  Evolution
> has honed the computational 'modules' of our mind.  I just wonder what
> other people's views are on this.

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