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To Cognize is to Categorize: Cognition is Categorization

Harnad, Stevan (2005) To Cognize is to Categorize: Cognition is Categorization In, Lefebvre, Claire and Cohen, Henri (eds.) Handbook of Categorization. Summer Institute in Cognitive Sciences on Categorisation Elsevier

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We organisms are sensorimotor systems. The things in the world come in contact with our sensory surfaces, and we interact with them based on what that sensorimotor contact “affords”. All of our categories consist in ways we behave differently toward different kinds of things -- things we do or don’t eat, mate-with, or flee-from, or the things that we describe, through our language, as prime numbers, affordances, absolute discriminables, or truths. That is all that cognition is for, and about.

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Published date: December 2005
Additional Information: UQaM Summer Institute in Cognitive Sciences on Categorization. 30 June - 11 July 2003 Event Dates: 30 June - 11 July 2003
Venue - Dates: Summer Institute in Cognitive Sciences on Categorisation, 2003-06-30 - 2003-07-11
Keywords: categorization, cognition, learning, language, sensorimotor systems, invariance, abstraction, evolution
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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Date deposited: 26 Dec 2005
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:59

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Author: Stevan Harnad
Editor: Claire Lefebvre
Editor: Henri Cohen

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