Spare Me the Complements: An Immoderate Proposal for Eliminating the "We/They" Category Boundary
Harnad, Stevan (2007) Spare Me the Complements: An Immoderate Proposal for Eliminating the "We/They" Category Boundary. In, Villaroya, Oscar and Forn, Francesc (eds.) Social Brain Matters. Stances on the Neurobiology of Social Cognition. , Éditions Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York.
A speculative hypothesis about how to eliminate the "we/they" distinction by rearing children (during early critical years) in "aggregates in flux" instead of in kinship-based families: A category cannot be formed from positive examples only: one must be able to sample both what is and what is not in a category in order to recognise the category at all. The basis for the distinction is the features shared by the members (invariants), and absent from the non-members. In "aggregates in flux," the individual members would be constantly varying (and unrelated, genetically). The only invariant would be that they are all human.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Additional Information:||Also available on publisher's website: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?SerieId=CS Presented at: The Social Brain. Biology of conflicts and cooperation World Forum of Cultures: From Conflict to Cooperation. Proposals from the Cognitive Sciences. Barcelona. 17-20 July 2004. http://www.barcelona2004.org/eng/banco_del_conocimiento/dialogos/ficha.cfm?idEvento=164 To appear in: Villaroya, O & Valencia, L. (Eds.)|
|Keywords:||category learning, uncomplemented categories, early experience, socialization, critical period, ethnocentrism, we/they distinction|
|Divisions :||Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
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|Date Deposited:||30 Mar 2005|
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2016 14:02|
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