Spare Me the Complements: An Immoderate Proposal for Eliminating the "We/They" Category Boundary


Harnad, Stevan (2005) Spare Me the Complements: An Immoderate Proposal for Eliminating the "We/They" Category Boundary. In, Villaroya, Oscar and Valencia, Leonardo (eds.) The Social Brain. Biology of conflicts and cooperation. , .

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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.

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Additional Information: 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.)
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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
ePrint ID: 263614
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:07
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/263614

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