Naturalism, Evolution and Mind (Royal Institute of by Denis M. Walsh

By Denis M. Walsh

This selection of unique essays covers a variety of matters within the present naturalized philosophy of brain. specific consciousness is paid to the ways that techniques drawn from evolutionary biology may well increase our realizing of where of brain within the flora and fauna. matters coated comprise the benefits of construing the brain as an variation, the naturalization of intentional and extra special content material, the evolution of means-end reasoning, rationality and higher-order intentionality methodological concerns in cognitive ethology and evolutionary psychology.

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Tye could object that he had some weaker notion of realization in mind, however; perhaps all he means is that mental properties are determined by or supervenient upon physical properties. The weaker idea is suggested by his comment that '[t]he realization relation is, at least in part, one of determination: the lower level property synchronically fixes the higher level one, so that the tokening of the former at any time t necessitates the token of the latter at t but not conversely' (Tye, 1992, p.

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In the same spirit as the eye example, Conway Morris says : ... the point I wish to stress is that again and again we have evidence of biological form stumbling on the same solution to a problem. Consider animals that swim in water. It turns out that there are only a few fundamental methods of propulsion. It hardly matters if we choose to illustrate the method of swimming by reference to water beetles, palagic snails, squid, fish, newts, ichthyosaurs, snakes, lizards, turtles, dugongs, or whales; we shall find that the style in which the given animal moves through the water will fall into one of only a few basic categories.

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