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Cognitive Adaptation
A Pragmatist Perspective

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  • Date Published: November 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107462717
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  • Cognitive Adaptation: A Pragmatist Perspective argues that there is a fundamental link between cognitive/neural systems and evolution that underlies human activity. One important result is that the line between nature and culture and scientific and humanistic inquiry is quite permeable - the two are fairly continuous with each other. Two concepts figure importantly in our human ascent: agency and animacy. The first is the recognition of another person as having beliefs, desires, and a sense of experience. The second term is the recognition of an object as alive, a piece of biology. Both reflect a predilection in our cognitive architecture that is fundamental to an evolving, but fragile, sense of humanity. The book further argues for a regulative norm of self-corrective inquiry, an appreciation of the hypothetical nature of all knowledge. Schulkin's perspective is rooted in contemporary behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

    • Uses investigative approach to demonstrate the line between nature and culture, science and the humanities
    • Takes on perspective rooted in psychobiology, contemporary behavioral and cognitive neuroscience and classical pragmatism
    • No other work covers the material in this text in a comparable manner
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    01st Aug 2015 by Radwaaldayed

    Cognitive Adaptation: A Pragmatist Perspective argues that there is a fundamental link between cognitive/neural systems and evolution that underlies human activity. One important result is that the line between nature and culture and scientific and humanistic inquiry is quite permeable - the two are fairly continuous with each other. Two concepts figure importantly in our human ascent: agency and animacy. The first is the recognition of another person as having beliefs, desires, and a sense of experience. The second term is the recognition of an object as alive, a piece of biology. Both reflect a predilection in our cognitive architecture that is fundamental to an evolving, but fragile, sense of humanity. The book further argues for a regulative norm of self-corrective inquiry, an appreciation of the hypothetical nature of all knowledge. Schulkins perspective is rooted in contemporary behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107462717
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cognitive adaptation: objects and inquiry
    2. The human situation: uncertainty and adaptation
    3. Time and memory: historical sensibilities
    4. Education: learning from others, neurogenesis
    5. Cognitive and neurobiological basis of religious inquiry.

  • Author

    Jay Schulkin, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Jay Schulkin is Research Professor for the Departments of Physiology and Biophysics and Neuroscience at Georgetown University. He is author of numerous texts, including The Neuroendocrine Regulation of Behavior, Roots of Social Sensibility and Neural Function, Bodily Sensibility: Intelligent Action and Allostasis, Homeostasis, and the Costs of Physiological Adaptation.

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