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

Spare Me the Complements: An Immoderate Proposal for Eliminating the "We/They" Category Boundary
Spare Me the Complements: An Immoderate Proposal for Eliminating the "We/They" Category Boundary
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.
category learning, uncomplemented categories, early experience, socialization, critical period, ethnocentrism, we/they distinction
Harnad, Stevan
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Villaroya, Oscar
Valencia, Leonardo
Harnad, Stevan
442ee520-71a1-4283-8e01-106693487d8b
Villaroya, Oscar
Valencia, Leonardo

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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Abstract

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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Published date: 2005
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.)
Keywords: category learning, uncomplemented categories, early experience, socialization, critical period, ethnocentrism, we/they distinction
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 263614
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/263614
PURE UUID: 8a5055b7-aa45-4874-bc1b-e80dd8ffcd1b
ORCID for Stevan Harnad: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6153-1129

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Date deposited: 19 Mar 2007
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:05

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