Dan Sperber
The modularity of thought and the epidemiology of representations
Mapping the mind: Domain specificity in cognition and culture
Edited by Lawrence A. Hirschfeld and Susan A. Gelman
New York, Cambridge University Press, 1994. 39-67


Controversies have focused on the thesis that perceptual and linguistic decoding processes are modular, much more than on the alleged nonmodularity of thought; defend the view that thought processes might be modular too; articulate a modular view of human thought with the naturalistic view of human culture that (the author has) been developing under the label "epidemiology of representations"; show how, contrary to the received view, organisms endowed with truly modular minds might engender truly diverse cultures.


Maintained by Francis F. Steen, Communication Studies, University of California Los Angeles