Where does the elephant come from? The evolution of causal cognition is the key

Peter Gärdenfors, Anders Högberg, Marlize Lombard

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Abstract

Osiurak and Reynaud do not explain the evolutionary emergence and development of the elephant in the room, that is, technical cognition. We first argue that there is a tight correlation between the evolution of cumulative technological culture (CTC) and the evolution of reasoning about abstract forces. Second, intentional teaching plays a greater role in CTC evolution than acknowledged in the target article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e164
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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