Summary of The Modularity of Mind
How do people think? Analysts of our mental processes debate how modular our minds are, and explain why it matters.
This classic in cognitive science has a great deal to say, but an awkward way of saying it. Author Jerry A. Fodor’s style is academic and dense, a potential barrier to all but the most determined, well-prepared reader. Arcane and brilliant, Fodor intersperses colloquial jests with jargon-burdened exposition, leading one to believe that he could have written a book more accessible to the lay reader had he wished to do so. getAbstract.com finds, however, that the book repays the persistent, dedicated reader. The reward is a fascinating exploration of the mind, drawing on the literature of epistemology and psychology, with occasional detours down the rarely explored byways of phrenology.
In this summary, you will learn
- The difference between horizontal and vertical mental structures;
- How experts explain the theory of "cognitive modularity;" and
- Why cognitive science has made relatively little progress in studying nonmodular systems.
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